Rhode Island

ABOUT THIS STATE

Little Rhody may be our smallest state but you’re not going to go overlooked. Like Napoleon! With a big name and an even bigger impact on democracy (thanks to Roger Williams for the whole First Amendment thing), we know you'll be showing up and showing out in 2022. So crack open a Narragansett and read what you need to know to be a voter this year.

Be A Voter

Key Dates

Oct 9

Registration Deadline

Oct 18

Absentee/Mail-in Ballot Request Deadline (received by - Emergency Mail Ballots can be requested until 11/7)

Oct 19 – Nov 7

Early Voting (see local Board of Canvassers for hours)

Nov 8

Election Day

Nov 8

Absentee/Mail-in Ballot Return Deadline (received by)

Rhode Island Voter Guide

  • How do I make sure I'm registered to vote?

    Go to votesaveamerica.com/be-a-voter to check your registration or get registered. We're working with BallotReady to make this as easy as possible for you, so don't fuck it up.

    Register Here
  • Can I register the same day I want to vote?

    Sadly, no. So do it now! Just make sure you do it by October 9th. Then reward yourself with a cookie.

    Register Here
  • Can I vote by mail?

    Yes! If you may not be able to get to the polls on Election Day, you can fill out a mail ballot application and receive a mail ballot. Mail ballot applications must be filled out completely and *received by* your local board no later than 4:00 P.M. on October 18th. Please note that the application has to be physically at the local board by 4:00 P.M. on the deadline. Postmarked applications received after the deadline will not be accepted. After October 18th, the mail ballot application period will be closed but you can contact your local town or city hall to apply for or vote an emergency ballot.

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  • Can I vote early?

    Yes! You can vote early in person October 19th - November 7th, but times will vary by city and town. See early voting times and locations below:

    Find yours
  • Do I need an ID?

    Yes, yes you do. A Rhode Island driver's license, US passport, US school ID, military ID, state or government ID, state voter ID card all work. The Rhode Island Secretary of State's office is also issuing free voter photo ID cards to individuals who do not possess any of the valid Photo IDs listed above. Learn more

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  • How do I cast my ballot?

    If you are voting absentee, you can return your ballot by mail or in-person. For in-person voting, you can find the polling place closest to you here:

    Find Your Polling Place

SINCE YOU LAST VOTED…

Since 2020, it’s gotten easier to cast your ballot in Rhode Island. Here are the changes you need to pay attention to:

When making a plan to vote…

  • Rhode Island now has no-excuse absentee voting! You can request one electronically.
  • Absentee ballot envelopes no longer need to be notarized or witnessed – you’re good if you just sign them.

Resources

  • Find the details on accessible voting in your state, including early voting, Election Day voting, mail voting, and accessible mail voting tools for people with print disabilities.

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  • Get your absentee ballot here!

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  • Need to show Voter ID? Not sure what kind? Get the specifics in your state here.

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