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Register to vote in Rhode Island

How to Register to Vote in Rhode Island for the Elections

This article describes how to register to vote in Rhode Island. Rhode Island offers online voter registration. You can register to vote by mail in Rhode Island by printing a copy of the National Voter Registration Form, filling it out, and mailing it to your local election office. You can also register to vote in person if you prefer.

Register to vote in Rhode Island In-person

Who can vote

  • To register in Rhode Island you must be a citizen of the United States and be a resident of Rhode Island for 30 days preceding the next election
  • Be at least 16 years of age. (You must be at least 18 years of age to vote on Election Day.)
  • Should not be currently incarcerated in a correctional facility due to a felony conviction
  • And not have been lawfully judged to be mentally incompetent

Register to vote in Rhode Island Online

  • Rhode Island offers online voter registration.
  • You need a Rhode Island ID to use Rhode Island’s online voter registration system. If you don’t have a Rhode Island-issued ID, you can still register to vote by mail.
  • You can register online until Sunday, October 7.

Register to vote in Rhode Island By-mail voter registration

  1. Print and fill out the National Voter Registration Form.
  2. Box 6 – ID Number: The applicant shall be required to provide their Rhode Island driver’s license number if the applicant has been issued a current and valid Rhode Island driver’s license. In the case of an applicant who has not been issued a current and valid driver’s license, they must provide the last four (4) digits of their Social Security number. An applicant who has neither will be assigned a unique identifying number by the State of Rhode Island.
  3. Box 7 – Choice of Party: Rhode Island requires that you register with a party to participate in partisan primary elections. You should register with the party whose primary you would like to vote in. If you do not affiliate with a party now, you may still declare a party affiliation at the polls on primary election day.
  4. Box 8 – Race or Ethnic Group: Leave blank.
  5. Review the “Who can vote?” section above and check that you’re eligible.
  6. Sign the form.
  7. Send the completed form to your local election official. To register by mail, the form must be received by Sunday, October 7.

Military and overseas voters Register to vote in Rhode Island

Active-duty military, their families, and voters living outside the US can register to vote and request their absentee ballot using the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). To do so:

  1. Fill out the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), or download a copy. Your election official may have questions, so please provide an email address or phone number where they can reach you.
  2. Send the application to your election official.
  3. It is never too early to submit an FPCA! Please do so as soon as possible. You can look up recommended mailing dates by country and region.
  4. When your ballot arrives, read it carefully and follow the instructions to complete it and return it.
  5. States begin mailing absentee ballots at least 45 days before Election Day. If you haven’t received your ballot by 30 days before Election Day, contact your local election office.

If after submitting your FPCA, your ballot does not arrive, contact your election official first. Then:

  • You can still vote using the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB). Print, sign, and mail your FWAB to your local election office.
  • If you mail a FWAB and then receive your regular absentee ballot, you should complete and mail your absentee ballot also. Election officials will ensure that only one ballot is counted.

The Federal Voting Assistance Program – FVAP.gov offers additional information on military and overseas voting in Rhode Island.

Check your voter registration status

You can look up your voter registration record and verify that your information is correct using Rhode Island’s voter registration lookup tool.

Dates and deadlines

  • Election day is Tuesday, November 6.
  • The deadline to register online is Sunday, October 7. By mail is Sunday, October 7. And, in person is Sunday, October 7.

Click here to view How to Register to Vote in Other States.

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