How to vote in Rhode Island

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
  • *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.

No early voting

Rhode Island does not offer an early voting period. If you will be unable to vote in person on Election Day, you can request an absentee ballot by mail or by visiting your local election office.

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.

Vote by mail

  1. Rhode Island will mail an absentee ballot application to every active, registered voter.
  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.

See what's on the ballot

Learn more about what will be on your ballot by visiting Rhode Island sample ballot or 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!

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.

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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