Rhode Island | Voting Guide
Registration Deadlines and Election Dates
Due to the risks posed to the public by COVID-19, the presidential primary election has been rescheduled for June 2, 2020.
Voter registration deadline is May 3.
Requests to vote by mail must be received by May 19. Information about voting by mail is provided below.
Voter Registration Deadline: 30 days before Election Day
President Primary Election Registration Deadline: March 29
Presidential Primary Election: June 2, 2020
State Primary Election Registration Deadline: August 9
State primary election: September 8
General Election Registration Deadline: October 4
General Election: November 3
Rhode Island allows for same day registration for the presidential election. However, if you register the day of the presidential election, you will only be allowed to vote for the president and vice president.
Official Election Websites
More election information at http://www.elections.ri.gov/
Online voter registration (Rhode Island driver's license or a Rhode Island State ID required) available at https://vote.sos.ri.gov/ovr/?search_type=register
Mail-in registration form available for download at http://www.elections.ri.gov/publications/Election_Publications/Voter_Registration/RI_Registration_Form_Eng_Rev_5-16-19.pdf
Register at School or Home
Students have a choice about where to register to vote.
Students attending college may register at their campus address or choose to remain registered or register at their permanent or home address.
You may only be registered and vote in one location.
What Type of ID Do I Need to Register?
Rhode Island’s voter registration form asks for your Rhode Island driver’s license or ID number, or the last four digits of your Social Security number. Be sure to provide one of these numbers if you have one. If you do not have an ID or Social Security number, you may be asked to provide any of the following forms of identification at the time of registration, prior to voting, or at the time of voting:
Identification issued by a United States educational institution
U.S. Military identification card
Identification issued by the U.S. or State of Rhode Island
Government-issued medical card
Employee identification card
Identification card provided by a commercial establishment
Credit or debit card
Student identification card issued by a recognized United States educational institution
Health club identification card
Insurance plan identification card
Public housing identification card
Or a copy of any of the following documents, provided that the document includes the name and current address of the individual presenting it, and is dated since the date of the last general election, unless the document is intended to be of a permanent nature such as a pardon or discharge:
Document issued by a government agency
Lease or rental statement
Student identification card of tuition statement or bill issued by a recognized United States education institution
Insurance plan card
What Type of ID Do I Need to Vote?
Poll workers will ask you to show a current and valid photo ID when you vote at your polling place. The list of acceptable forms of ID includes:
Rhode Island driver’s license
Rhode Island voter ID card
United States passport
Student ID card (from a U. S. educational institution)
United States military ID card
ID card issued by the United States or the State of Rhode Island
Government issued medical card
The state will provide free photo ID to voters who don’t have one. Registered voters who don’t have an acceptable photo ID can get a free voter ID at the Election Division office during normal business hours or select other locations on specific days. For more information, consult http://sos.ri.gov/divisions/elections/Voters/voter-id or contact the Election Division at 401–222–2340, TTY 711 or email@example.com.
Voters who do not bring an acceptable ID to their polling place can vote using a standard provisional ballot. The ballot will be counted if the signature given at their polling place matches the signature on the voter registration.
Identification is not required to vote by mail.
Where Do I Vote?
Make a plan. Look up your voting site and hours at: https://sos.ri.gov/vic
How Can I Vote?
Rhode Island allows voters to vote by mail-in ballot if voters aren’t able to vote at their polling place on Election Day. If you may not be able to get to the polls on Election Day, you can fill out a mail ballot application and receive a mail ballot.
Applications are available at least two months before elections and must be received by the local board of canvassers no later than 4 p.m. on the 21st day before the election.
Contact your local election officials for a mail ballot or access the application online.
After you complete your ballot, you must print your name and sign your oath envelope. Two individuals or a notary must witness your signature.
The State Board of Elections must receive the completed mail ballot by 8 p.m. on Election Day.
Voting sites will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day. If you are in line by the closing time, you must be allowed to vote.
Registering to Vote Does Not Affect Your:
Federal Financial Aid
Where you register to vote will not affect federal financial aid such as Pell Grants, Perkins or Stafford loans, or your dependency status for FAFSA
Status as a Dependent on Your Parents’ Taxes
Being registered to vote at a different address from your parents does not prevent them from claiming you as a dependent on their taxes
Being deemed out-of-state for tuition purposes does not prevent you from choosing to register to vote in your campus community
Will registering to vote in Rhode Island affect my driver’s license or car registration?
Under Rhode Island law, a person who is registered to vote in Rhode Island is a resident of the state. Rhode Island residents are required to obtain a Rhode Island driver’s license and register their vehicles with the state within 30 days of becoming a resident. For more information, visit the Rhode Island Division of Motor Vehicle’s website at
Fair Elections Center and Campus Vote Project intend the information contained herein to be used only as a general guide. This document should not be used as a substitute for consultation with a licensed Rhode Island legal professional.
Last updated March 2020