Living in a community comes with responsibilities, one of which is voting. As Americans it is our right to vote, and we should exercise that right every time there is an election.
Beginning this year, poll workers will ask you for ID when you vote. If you do NOT have a valid RI Driver's License, US Passport or other photo ID, you will need a Voter ID. Any registered voter who does not have one of those types of IDs can get one free of charge.
You must bring your Social Security Card, Medicare Card or other acceptable form of ID. For more information and a list of acceptable documents, check the Secretary of State's Website at www.sos.ri.gov.
*If you are a convicted felon and not in prison and you are a US citizen at least 18 years of age on election day, you may restore your right to vote by notifying your local board of canvassers in writing that you have completed your prison sentence or by submitting a new voter registration form.
Any registered voter may vote, so long as she or he has registered to vote at least 30 days prior to the primary or election in which they wish to vote.
No. You must be registered to vote at least 30 days prior to the primary or general election.
Registration is permanent and generally does not need to be renewed as long as you live at the same address.
You will need to register again if:
To register to vote, you must complete a voter registration form. That form must be received by an authorized public official of your city or town or the State of Rhode Island.
You may use either the Rhode Island Voter Registration Form or you may use the National Voter Registration Form. You may register in person or by mail. You may also register with the help of another person who delivers the forms to an authorized official for you.
You may obtain your registration form and register to vote in person at many different places, including offices you might visit to conduct other business. You may register at:
Contact the Board of Elections at 401-222-2345 for a complete list of agencies where you may register or change your address.
Yes. You may mail a completed Rhode Island Voter Registration form or a National Voter Registration form to your local board of canvassers. Federal and state forms are equally acceptable in Rhode Island.
If you are a first time mail registrant in RI or a first time registrant through a third party, and do not provide a driver’s license, RI ID or Social Security Number, you must provide one of the following identifications:
› A copy of a current and valid photo identification provided by a third party in the ordinary course of business that includes the name and photograph of the individual presenting it. Examples of photo identification include, but are not limited to:
or a copy of any of the following documents, provided that the document includes the name and current address of the individual presenting it, and is dated since the date of the last general election, unless the document is intended to be of a permanent nature such as a pardon or discharge:
Also, you have the option of bringing one of the identifications listed above to the polling place on Election Day, or mailing a copy of the identification to the local board of canvassers before the Election Day.
When you register for the first time or change your address, your local board of canvassers will send you an acknowledgement notice at the address from which you registered. (You will also be notified by mail if your registration does not meet the requirements for any reason.) If you do not receive the acknowledgement notice within three weeks, you should contact your local board of canvassers.
All the information on a voter registration form is public record except your driver's license and social security numbers. However, there is an exception for victims of domestic violence or voters living with victims of domestic violence.
If you have a court-ordered restraining order against another person to prevent domestic violence, you and your co-habitants may vote without making your residence address part of a public record.