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Rhode Island

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Voter Friendliness

Voting Requirements
Good
Registration Difficulty
Needs Improvement
Voting Accessibility
Needs Improvement

Upcoming Elections

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Voting Qualifications

Not currently incarcerated in a correctional facility due to a felony conviction
Not lawfully judged to be mentally incompetent
Resident of Rhode Island for at least 30 days before Election Day

Deadlines

Voter Registration

In Person  - 
30 days before Election Day
Mail  - 
30 days before Election Day
Online  - 
30 days before Election Day

Absentee Ballot

Mail  - 
Requested 21 days or more before Election Day
Mail  - 
Received by 8 p.m. on Election Day

Early Voting

In Person  - 
Between 1 and 20 days before Election Day

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Party Affiliation

If you are affiliated with a specific political party, you may only vote in that party’s primary. Unaffiliated voters can vote in any party primary but, by casting a vote in a party primary, you automatically become affiliated with that party. To unaffiliated with a party you must sign a "Change of Party Designation" form at the polling place after you vote or by submitting a new voter registration form at any time.

Absentee Voter Rules

Any registered Rhode Island voter may apply for an absentee ballot and vote by mail.


Voters who are blind, visually impaired, or disabled have the option to apply for a Braille, Tactile or Accessible Ballot. The application to request any of these ballots is due at least 45 days before Election Day.

Voter Identification

If you are voting in person in Rhode Island, you must present one of the following forms of ID at the time you vote:

  • 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
  • Birth certificate
  • Social security card


Voters who do not bring ID to the polls can vote using a standard provisional ballot, which will be counted if the signature given at the polling place matches the signature on the voter registration.