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Rhode Island offers absentee ballots by mail to voters who will be unable to vote in person. All other voters are expected to vote in person. Rhode Island offers early voting.

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Last update: Apr 08, 2021

Who can vote

You have to register to vote before Election Day in Rhode Island.

To register in Rhode Island you must:
  • be a citizen of the United States
  • be a resident of Rhode Island
  • be at least 16 years of age (you must be 18 years of age to vote on Election Day)
  • not be currently incarcerated in a correctional facility due to a felony conviction
  • not have been lawfully judged to be mentally incompetent
  • You can find more information on voting rights restoration here

Vote in person

Due to COVID-19, in-person services may have limited availability. Contact your local election office to confirm. See CDC guidance on safe in-person voting.


Vote on Election Day
Voters registered in Rhode Island can look up where to vote on Rhode Island's site.

Vote early

Rhode Island does offer early voting. There are no dates available right now, please check back later.

What to bring

  • You will be asked to show photo ID to vote in Rhode Island. Acceptable forms ID include: Rhode Island driver's license; Rhode Island voter ID card; US passport; ID issued by a school or college in the US; US military ID; ID issued by the US government or State of Rhode Island; tribal ID; or a government-issued medical card.
  • Voters without ID: If you are unable to provide ID, you will be able to vote a provisional ballot. The voter has until the close of business the day after the election to provide information to the Board of Canvassers to help qualify their ballot.
  • For more information, please visit VoteRiders.

Vote by mail

  1. Review the absentee ballot application and confirm that you meet the eligibility requirements for voting absentee.
  2. Fill out the application completely.
  3. Submit the request to your local election office.
  4. When your ballot arrives, read it carefully and follow the instructions to complete it and return it.

Election Day registration

Rhode Island allows for same day voter registration for the Presidential Election only. If you miss the voter registration deadline, you can register to vote on Election Day, but you will only be able to vote for President and Vice President. You will not be able to vote in any state, local, or other federal races. You can only register and vote on Election Day at the location designated by your local board of canvassers.

See what's on the ballot

Learn more about what will be on your ballot by visiting Ballotpedia.

Get step-by-step help

TurboVote can help you start the absentee/mail-in ballot request process, send you election reminders, and more. If you’d like more help planning how to vote, we can walk you through the process!

Military and overseas voters

Active-duty military, their families, and overseas citizens can register to vote and request their absentee ballot using the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). The FPCA process is done by mail, but your state may offer other options to request and return ballots. Please contact your election official for more information about delivery and return methods, including email, fax, and state online portals. To follow the FPCA process:
  1. Fill out the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), or download a copy. Your election official may have questions, so please provide an email address or phone number where they can reach you.
  2. Send the application to your election official.
  3. It is never too early to submit an FPCA! Please do so as soon as possible. .
  4. Please fill out and send back your ballot as soon as you receive it.
  5. States begin mailing absentee ballots at least 45 days before Election Day. If you haven't received your ballot by 30 days before Election Day, contact your local election office.
If after submitting your FPCA, your ballot does not arrive, contact your election official first. Then:
  • You can still vote using the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB). Print, sign, and mail your FWAB to your local election office.
  • If you mail a FWAB and then receive your regular absentee ballot, you should complete and mail your absentee ballot also. Election officials will ensure that only one ballot is counted.
The Federal Voting Assistance Program – FVAP.gov offers additional information on military and overseas voting in Rhode Island. You can also call 1-800-438-VOTE or email vote@fvap.gov

Check your voter registration status

You can look up your voter registration record and verify that your information is correct using Rhode Island's voter registration lookup tool.

Election contact information for Rhode Island

Address:
Department of State’s Election Division
148 West River Street
Providence, RI 02904

Phone Number:
(401) 222-2340


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