State of Rhode Island Voting Requirements & Information

Statewide Voter Information

 

U.S. Domestic Voters

Registration

You can register to vote or update your registration information:

  • online
  • by mail
  • in person at your elections office

Election Day Voting

Polling places are open from 7am to 8pm on Election Day. New Shoreham polls are open at 9am.

Find my polling place

Absentee Voting

A registered voter can request to vote by mail if they fall into one of the following categories:

  • A voter who may not be able to vote at his or her polling place in his or her city or town on the day of the election.
  • A voter who is incapacitated to the extent that it would be an undue hardship to vote at the polls because of illness, mental or physical disability, blindness, or serious impairment of mobility.
  • A voter who is confined to any hospital, convalescent home, nursing home, rest home, or similar institution, public or private, within the State of Rhode Island.
  • A voter who will be temporarily absent from the State because of employment or service intimately connected with military operations or who is a spouse or legal dependent residing with that person, or a United States citizen that will be outside of the United States.

You are eligible to vote in Rhode Island if you:

  • Are a U.S citizen
  • Are a resident of Rhode Island
  • Are at least 18 years old by Election Day

You may preregister to vote in Rhode Island

  • at the age 16

Voter Registration

To register to vote in Rhode Island you should provide one of the following:

  • Your Rhode Island ID Number
  • Your Rhode Island Driver's License Number
  • The Last Four Digits of your Social Security Number

If you do not have any of these IDs, you will be required to provide ID to an election official before voting the first time. Acceptable forms of ID include:

  • Utility Bill
  • Valid Federal issued ID
  • Insurance Plan ID Card
  • University Housing Bill
  • ID Card provided by a commercial establishment
  • Valid Military ID
  • Valid issued ID
  • Valid US Passport
  • Health Club ID Card
  • Medicaid Card issued by the government
  • Paycheck that Shows your current name and address
  • Bank Statement
  • Valid Voter ID Card
  • Government Check
  • Public Housing ID Card
  • University Tuition Bill
  • Medicare
  • Debit or Credit Card
  • Valid Student ID
  • Valid Employee ID

Statements, checks and bills should be dated no earlier than the date of the last election

Voting In-Person

In Rhode Island, you need to show a valid ID to vote. You can use any ID from this list:

  • Valid Rhode Island Issued ID
  • Valid US Passport
  • Government Issued Medical Card
  • Valid Student ID
  • Valid Rhode Island Driver's License
  • Valid Military ID
  • Valid Federal Issued ID
  • Valid Rhode Island Voter ID Card with Photo

Domestic Voter

In-Person Mail Fax Email Online

Voter Registration

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Absentee Ballot Request

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Voted-Absentee Ballot Return

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Blank Ballot To Voter

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Am I Registered?

https://sos.ri.gov/vic/

Where is my Ballot?

https://vote.sos.ri.gov/

Where is my Polling Place?

https://sos.ri.gov/vic/

Can I Register to Vote Online?

https://vote.sos.ri.gov/

State Elections Website

http://sos.ri.gov/divisions/elections

Can I View my Sample Ballot?

https://sos.ri.gov/vic/

Overseas & Military Voters

Overseas Voters

U.S. citizens living abroad have the right to vote as absentee voters, provided they are eligible to vote in their state. If you are living outside of the U.S. permanently, indefinitely, or temporarily, your voting rights stay with you, even if you never voted when you lived in the U.S. To vote from overseas:

  • Complete and send an overseas voter registration/ballot request form to your election office in the U.S. This is one specific form that will register you as an overseas voter and request your absentee ballot – simultaneously.

Many states allow children who were born overseas, but never lived in the U.S., to use their U.S. parents’ last residence address to register.

Military Voters

Service members and their eligible family members living outside their voting jurisdiction (within or outside the U.S.) are able to vote as absentee voters.

  • If you are a service member, or an eligible family member, there is a single form to file for both voter registration and ballot request. It is often called the “Federal Post Card Application” or the FPCA form. This form must be re-filed with your election office each time you change location.

To vote as a service member or eligible family member:

  • Complete and send a voter registration/ballot request form “FPCA” to your election office in the U.S. It is the same form in all states.

Voting Military

Service members and their dependents may register and request a ballot using the federal voter registration/ballot request form ("FPCA"). You will have the following identification options when completing the form:

  • Last 4 Digits of your Social Security Number
  • Option to Indicate that you do not have the Requested ID
  • U.S. State or Territory or District Issued ID

Voting Overseas

U.S. citizens living overseas may register and request a ballot using the overseas voter registration/ballot request form. You will have the following identification options when completing the form:

  • Last 4 Digits of your Social Security Number
  • Option to Indicate that you do not have the Requested ID
  • U.S. State or Territory or District Issued ID

Overseas Voter

In-Person Mail Fax Email Online

Voter Registration

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Absentee Ballot Request

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Voted-Absentee Ballot Return

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Blank Ballot To Voter

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A faxed voter registration/ballot request form must also be followed up with the original, signed form in the mail. The FPCA must be completed entirely to request a ballot only. A voted ballot may be returned by fax only if initially received by fax.

Military Voter

In-Person Mail Fax Email Online

Voter Registration

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Absentee Ballot Request

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Voted-Absentee Ballot Return

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Blank Ballot To Voter

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A faxed voter registration/ballot request form must also be followed up with the original, signed form in the mail. The FPCA must be completed entirely to request a ballot only. A voted ballot may be returned by fax only if initially received by fax.

Am I Registered?

https://sos.ri.gov/vic/

Where is my Ballot?

https://vote.sos.ri.gov/

Where is my Polling Place?

https://sos.ri.gov/vic/

Can I Register to Vote Online?

https://vote.sos.ri.gov/

State Elections Website

http://sos.ri.gov/divisions/elections

Can I View my Sample Ballot?

https://sos.ri.gov/vic/