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How to Register to Vote

Register Online

You’ll need your Rhode Island driver’s license or state ID number to register online.

Register Online


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1. Get the voter registration form.

Download and print the Rhode Island state voter registration form or contact your local board of canvassers to have one sent to you.

Get the form


2. Fill out the form

Step 1 · Check the box indicate if you’re registering for the first time or changing the name, address, or party from your previous registration

Step 2 · Check the box to indicate you’re a US citizen and are at least 16 years old

Step 3 · Provide your driver’s license number, state ID card number, or the last 4 digits of your Social Security number, or check the box to indicate that you don’t have any of these

  • If you’re registering by mail and don’t have any of these numbers, you’ll have to show an ID the first time you vote

Step 4 · Provide your name

Step 5 · Provide your home address

Step 6 · Provide your mailing address (if different from Step 5)

Step 7 · Provide your birthday

Step 8 · (Optional) Provide your phone number and email address (optional)

Step 9 · Check the box to select your political party or to indicate that you’ren’t a member of a party

Step 10 · Sign and date the form, and check the box if you’re interested in working at a voting place on Election Day, Nov 8

Step 11 · Provide your previous name, if you’re changing it

Step 12 · Provide your previous address, if you’re changing it


3. Send the form.

Your completed form must be postmarked or received by Oct 9 and mailed to your local board of canvassers at the address listed on the form.


Check if you’re registered to vote

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1. Get the voter registration form.

Pick up the registration form at your local board of canvassers.


2. Fill out the form

Step 1 · Check the box indicate if you’re registering for the first time or changing the name, address or party from your previous registration

Step 2 · Check the box to indicate you’re a US citizen and are at least 16 years old

Step 3 · Provide your driver’s license number, state ID card number, or the last 4 digits of your Social Security number, or check the box to indicate that you don’t have any of these

Step 4 · Provide your name

Step 5 · Provide your home address

Step 6 · Provide your mailing address (if different from Step 5)

Step 7 · Provide your birthday

Step 8 · Provide your phone number and email address (optional)

Step 9 · Check the box to select your political party or to indicate that you’ren’t a member of a party

Step 10 · Sign and date the form, and check the box if you’re interested in working at a voting place on Election Day, Nov 8

Step 11 · Provide your previous name, if you’re changing it

Step 12 · Provide your previous address, if you’re changing it


3. Return the form.

Your completed form must be returned in person by Oct 9 to your local board of canvassers.


Check if you’re registered to vote

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Registration requirements

  • Be a US citizen
  • Be at least 16 years old and be at least 18 years old to vote on Election Day, Nov 8
  • Live at your Rhode Island address by Oct 9
  • Not be in jail or in prison for a felony
  • Not currently judged incompetent by a court
Online
October 9

Mail
October 9

In Person
October 9

How to Vote

Vote on Election Day
Nov 8

Polls are open 7 AM–8 PM. If you’re in line by 8 PM, you’re allowed to vote.

Bring an accepted form of ID.

Who can vote by mail

In order to vote by mail, you must meet one of the following qualifications:

  • Incapacitated due to illness, mental or physical disability, blindness, or serious mobility impairment
  • Confined to a hospital, convalescent home, nursing home, rest home, or similar institution
  • Temporarily absent from the State because of military service, or will be outside the US on Election Day
  • Unsure if you’ll be able to vote at your own polling place on Election Day


1. Get the absentee ballot application

Download and print the mail ballot application.

Get the form


2. Fill out the form

Steps 1-4 · Provide your name, address, birthday and phone number

Step 5 · Provide the address where you’d like your ballot to be mailed

Step 6 · Check a box to indicate why you’re voting by mail

Step 7 · Sign the form


3. Submit the form

Send your signed and completed mail ballot application to your local Board of Canvassers so it’s received by Oct 18


4. Vote
  • Once you receive your ballot, follow the instructions to fill out the ballot and return envelope
  • Send yourcompleted ballot so it’s received at the address on the return envelope by 8 PM on Election Day, Nov 8
  • Check the status of your ballot on vote.sos.ri.gov
Absentee ballot received by
November 8

Vote on Election Day
November 8

Polls are open 7 AM–8 PM. If you’re in line by 8 PM, you’re allowed to vote.

Bring an accepted form of ID.

Voting requirements
  • Be registered to vote in Rhode Island. Check if you’re registered to vote.
  • Be a US citizen
  • Live at a Rhode Island address
  • Be 18 years old by Election Day, Nov 8
  • Not be judged incompetent by a court of law
  • Not be currently incarcerated under a felony conviction

In person ID requirements

Be sure to bring one of the following when you vote on Election Day:

  • Rhode Island driver’s license
  • US passport
  • Photo ID issued by a school or college in the US
  • US military ID
  • Photo ID issued by the US government or State of Rhode Island
  • Government issued medical photo ID
  • Rhode Island voter ID card

Frequently Asked Questions

Not unless you are permanently disabled.  If this is case, you should call your Local Election Official and ask how you can be put on the permanent absentee voter list.
No, Rhode Island does not allow in-person voting before election day.
You must provide either a valid Rhode Island driver’s license number or valid Rhode Island ID number issued on your voter registration form. If you do not have a valid Rhode Island driver’s license or RI ID number, you must provide the last 4 digits of your social security number. If you are registering for the first time in Rhode Island and you do not provide one of these numbers you’ll have to include a copy of your ID. If you forget, you’ll need to provide ID the first time you vote. Acceptable forms of identification include a copy of a current and valid photo identification OR a copy of a current utility bill, current bank statement, current government check, current paycheck, or Another current government document that shows your name and Rhode Island address.
You do not need to provide ID if you’ve already voted in Rhode Island at least once. If you are a first-time Rhode Island voter, and you did not put your driver’s license number or state ID card number on your voter registration form, then you must provide a copy of one of the following with your absentee ballot application: a current and valid photo identification OR or a current utility bill, Current bank statement, Current government check, Current paycheck, or another current government document that shows your name and Rhode Island address.
Yes, but only on election day. When you apply for a mail ballot, your Local Board of Canvassers makes a note of it and your name is taken off the list of eligible voters for your polling place. In order to be able to vote at the polling place, you must return the absentee ballot to the Board of Canvassers, or you will be required to cast a Provisional Ballot at the polling place on the day of the primary or election.