En español | Rhode Island’s Nov. 8 general election will decide races for governor as well as the U.S. House of Representatives, state legislature and other state offices. The primary was held Sept. 13.
Under a new law, all registered voters are permitted to cast a mail ballot without a reason – and the signatures of two witnesses or that of a notary on mail ballots are no longer required. The law also grants residents of nursing facilities the right to be placed on a permanent mail ballot list, allowing them to automatically receive a mail ballot application each election.
You’ll automatically be registered to vote at a Division of Motor Vehicles appointment unless you opt out.
Registration forms must be received by Oct. 9. If you register in person, you must return your form by 4 p.m. on that date. Use Rhode Island’s voter information portal to check your registration status.
Any registered voter can request a mail ballot and vote from home in November’s general election. Rhode Island also has launched a mail ballot application portal that allows voters to partially fill out a ballot request form.
Request a ballot online, by mail or in person:
Your signature is required on your completed mail ballot and the certificate envelope. But you no longer need the signature of two witnesses or a notary.
Return completed ballots by mail or in person:
If you'd planned to vote in person on Election Day but an emergency prevents you from doing so, you can apply for an emergency mail ballot and vote at your local board of canvassers until Nov. 7 at 4 p.m. Contact your local board of canvassers for more information.
Track your ballot at the state’s voter information portal by entering your information into BallotTrax.
Yes, from Oct. 19 through Nov. 7 at 4 p.m. at your local board of canvassers or another location designated by your city or town. A complete list of early voting locations and hours is available at the voter information portal.
The general election is Tuesday, Nov. 8. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. If you live in New Shoreham, polls are open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. You will be allowed to vote after the polls close if you are line by 8 p.m.
Use Rhode Island’s voter information portal to find your polling place.
For information about becoming a poll worker, visit the secretary of state’s website.
Yes, you’ll need to show a photo ID — like a Rhode Island driver’s license, state voter ID card or U.S. passport — at the polling place. If you don’t have ID, you’ll receive a provisional ballot.
ID is not required to vote by mail unless you’re a first-time voter who didn’t provide your driver’s license or the last four digits of your Social Security number when you registered. In that case, you’d need to provide an acceptable ID, such as a driver’s license, voter ID card, utility bill or bank statement.
Editor’s note: This guide was updated on Sept. 14 with information about the general election. The guide was first published on Aug. 19, 2020.
This story is provided by AARP Rhode Island. Visit the AARP Rhode Island page for more news, events, and programs affecting retirement, health care, and more.
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