Voting in
Rhode Island

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How & Where to Vote

Find out where to vote, how to vote, how to vote early, and how to vote by mail.

Register to Vote

Register to vote in Rhode Island, or learn more about voter ID & rights.

Election Details

Visit the Rhode Island Election Website or call (401) 222-2345 to learn more about your states voting details.

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Important Dates - State Primary

State Primary Election Day
State Primary Registration Deadline (by mail)
State Primary Type

Voting Information for Rhode Island

Don’t miss your next election!

The voter registration deadline for Rhode Island’s state primary election is Aug. 9th. If you would prefer to vote by mail, your request must be received by Aug. 25th at 4pm. We recommend getting your application in as soon as possible.

Presidential Primaries

Voters that have been unaffiliated for at least 90 days may vote in either primary. Their selection serves to affiliate them with the party. Otherwise, voters may only participate in the primary of the party with which they are affiliated. See Rhode Island Republican Party or Democratic Party sites for more details.

Statewide Primaries

Some congressional seats, state offices and constitutional amendments may be included on the ballot.

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Early Voting + Absentee Voting

Early Voting Dates: N/A

To vote absentee by-mail without an excuse, first you’ll need to apply for an absentee ballot (click here) no later than May 19th at 4:00 p.m. Then, when you complete your absentee ballot, it must be received by 8:00 pm on June 2nd.

If you miss the May 19th deadline, and you are unable to vote on election day due to an emergency, you may submit an in-person application and absentee ballot at your local Board of Canvassers. Excuse required. More info here.

The absentee ballot application period opens Jan.1st. You must submit an application for an absentee ballot by-mail for each election.

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Voter ID + Access for Rhode Island

Do Voters Need ID?

  • Yes, voters need an ID
  • Multiple forms of ID accepted
  • First time voters need ID
  • Student IDs accepted

More Chances to Register

Your state does not offer additional voter registration options outside of the deadlines listed above.


  • The pre-registration age is 16
Youth participation is affected by changing state legislation or party rules. If we are not up to date please let us know.