Voting in Rhode Island
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Rhode Island has a mixed primary system. If you are registered as "unaffiliated" you may vote in the primary of any party you choose. Once you vote in a primary, however, you are considered a member of that party until and unless you "disaffiliate".
To vote in Rhode Island, you must meet the following requirements:
- a citizen of the United States,
- a resident of the Rhode Island city or town where you wish to vote, and
- at least 16 years of age. You must be at least 18 years of age to vote.
When and where
The deadline to register to vote is at least 30 days prior to an election. You can also register to vote in person on Election Day. You can register to vote by mail as well by sending a completed Rhode Island Voter Registration form or a National Voter Registration form to your local board of canvassers.
As of December 2013, Rhode Island is one of the 37 states that have not implemented online voter registration.
Voting on election day
Identification is required at the polls. If a voter is unable to present photo ID they can use certain non-photo IDs. The ID must include your name and address. Additionally, the identification must be dated since November 2, 2010, unless the document is of permanent nature (such as a birth certificate or social security card). In such cases, only a name is required to appear on the identification.
- See also: State Poll Opening and Closing Times
All voters are eligible to vote absentee in Rhode Island. There are no special eligibility requirements for voting absentee.
To vote absentee, an absentee ballot application must be received by the election office at least 21 days prior to the election. A returned absentee ballot must then be received by the elections office by 9pm on election day.
Military and overseas voting
For full details, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program here.
There is no early voting in Rhode Island.