Rhode Island

Guide to Voting

1. Voter registration

Deadline to Register/update: OCTOBER 4, 2020

Link to Application: https://vote.sos.ri.gov/Home/RegistertoVote?ActiveFlag=1

2. Check Your registration

Why check your registration? Your address is where election officials send notices, application forms to receive your ballot in the mail, and more. Additionally, poll workers will check if the address on your voter registration matches the address on your ID at the polls.

Check Registration Here:  

Update Registration Here


  • Is your name spelled correctly? (Correct hyphenations, middle initials, etc)
  • Correct Address
  • Active Voter Status (if not update by sending in another online/mail voter application)
  • Correct Date of Birth
  • Correct Political Party preference

3. Order your mail ballot

Deadline for absentee mail ballot application: Must be received by October 13, 2020 4pm

We recommend requesting your advance mail ballot as soon as possible and well in advance of this deadline in order to ensure that you receive your ballot in time.

Request Mail-In Ballot Here: https://vote.sos.ri.gov/Voter/VotebyMail?ActiveFlag=4

Track your Mail Ballot Status Here: https://vote.sos.ri.gov/Home/UpdateVoterRecord?ActiveFlag=3

Deadline to return absentee mail Ballot: 
received by november 3, 2020 8pm

*You may also hand deliver your mail ballot to Board of Elections OR any secure 24-hour drop box location.

  • Board of Election Address: 2000 Plainfield Pike, Suite A, Cranston, RI 02921

Surrender Rule:

Rhode Island has a Surrender Rule. If you have a desire to vote in person on Election Day but you are registered to vote via mail ballot, then you should bring your ballot to surrender and then vote in person using an official ballot.

But if you do not have your absentee ballot to surrender, there does not seem to be an electronic poll book that will allow you to vote with an official ballot, and you will be forced to vote with a provisional ballot.


There is no early voting in person in Rhode Island.

If a voter requested an absentee ballot, he or she may vote in person at a polling place only if he or she surrenders the mail ballot on or before Election Day to the local Board.

A person who requested an absentee ballot may also vote on Election Day if that voter signs and submits an affidavit to the local Board stating that the voter did not receive the mail ballot, or that the mail ballot was lost or destroyed. (Provisional)

Source: https://elections.ri.gov/voting/provisional.php 

Who is allowed to vote a provisional ballot?

  • A voter whose name is not on the precinct voting list or the master voting list for the
  • Polling Place and the voter does not qualify for the "Affirmation" process.
  • The voter's identity has been challenged by an election official.
  • The voter has not presented identification as required.
  • The precinct voting list indicates the voter has applied for a mail or emergency ballot.
  • IN A PRIMARY ONLY, the voter claims he/she are unaffiliated or affiliated with a
  • different party than indicated on the precinct voter list.

    4. Early voting information

    • Rhode Island does not normally permit early voting or no-excuse absentee voting. **However due to the Covid-19 pandemic voters may request an emergency ballot.** If for any reason you believe you will not be able to make it to the polls on election day, you can vote early using an emergency mail ballot within 20 days before the election. For more information visit: https://elections.ri.gov/voting/emergency.php 


     5. Be a poll worker

    • Become a poll worker! Election offices are expecting shortages in poll workers due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 
    • Poll workers must be 16 years old or over, and a registered voter (if 18 or older) in their county

    6. Additional Questions?



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