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This page has information relating to voting in Rhode Island. For full information contact your state election agency.


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:[1]

  • 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.[1]

Online registration

See also: Online voter registration in the 50 states

As of October 2014, Rhode Island is one of the 35 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.[2]

Poll times

See also: State Poll Opening and Closing Times

In Rhode Island, most polls open at 7:00 a.m. and all polls close at 8:00 p.m.[3]

Absentee voting

See also: Absentee voting


All voters are eligible to vote absentee in Rhode Island. There are no special eligibility requirements for voting absentee.[4]


Absentee ballot applications must be received by the county election office by 4 p.m. on the 21st day before the election. A returned absentee ballot must then be received by the elections office by 9 p.m. on election day.[4][5]

Military and overseas voting

For full details, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program here.

Early voting

See also: Early voting

Rhode Island is one of seven states that do not have any form of early voting.[6]

See also

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