Rhode Island

State of Rhode Island Elections & Voting

Election Day is November 5

  • October 7                    Deadline to submit voter registration
  • October                   First day of early in-person voting
  • November 4                Last day of early in-person voting
  • November 4                Deadline to submit absentee ballot applications
  • November 5                Election day


To register to vote in Rhode Island, you must:

  • Be a United States citizen
  • Be a resident of Rhode Island
  • Be at least 16 year old (must be 18 to vote)
  • Not be incarcerated in a correctional facility upon a felony conviction
  • Not be presently judged “mentally incompetent” to vote by a court of law


How to register to vote:


Voter ID Requirements
Poll workers will ask you to show a Photo ID when you vote at your polling place.

IDs must be valid and not have expired more than six (6) months prior to voting, but they do not need to have your current address.

  • RI driver’s license/permit
  • U.S. passport
  • ID card issued by any federally recognized tribal government
  • ID card issued by an educational institution in the U.S.
  • U.S. military ID card
  • ID card issued by the U.S. government or State of Rhode Island (RIPTA bus pass, etc.)
  • Government issued medical card
  • RI Voter ID card

No eligible voter will be turned away at the polls. Voters who do not bring ID to the polls can vote using a standard provisional ballot, which will be counted if the signature they give at the polling place matches the signature on their voter registration card. Mail ballots will not require Voter ID, but do require signature verification.

Visit VoteRiders for more information on voter ID requirements in Rhode Island.


Absentee Voting

Rhode Island voters who are unable, or prefer not, to go the polls on Election Day can vote by mail. Follow the steps below to apply for and vote with a mail ballot.

The local board of canvassers will review your application and compare your signature with the signature on your voter record.

Completed absentee ballots can be mailed to the Rhode Island Board of Elections, hand delivered to drop box locations around the state, or hand delivered to the Board of Elections.


Early In-Person Voting 

Most cities and towns will host early voting at their local board of canvassers located in your city/town hall. Be sure to check the designated early voting location for hours of availability.




Tribes in Rhode Island

Federally recognized tribes

  • Narragansett Indian Tribe

State recognized tribes

  • None


Native Vote Coordinators

Sign up to be a local Native Vote coordinator.


Major Party Contact Information

Chair, Joseph McNamara


Chair, Joe Powers

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