RHODE ISLAND

VOTING GUIDE

Including Student Information

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+ Registration Deadlines and Election Dates

  • Voter Registration Deadline: 30 days before Election Day
  • Primary Election Registration Deadline: August 13, 2018
  • Primary Election: September 12, 2018
  • General Election Registration Deadline: October 7, 2018
  • General Election: November 6, 2018

+ Official Election Websites

+ Register at School or Home

Students have a choice about where to register to vote.
Students attending college may register at their campus address or choose to remain registered or register at their permanent or home address.
You may only be registered and vote in one location.

+ What Type of ID Do I Need to Register?

Rhode Island’s voter registration form asks for your Rhode Island driver’s license or ID number, or the last four digits of your Social Security Number. Be sure to provide one of these numbers if you have it.

+ What Type of ID Do I Need to Vote?

  • Poll workers will ask you to show a current and valid photo ID when you vote at your polling place. The list of acceptable forms of ID is as follows:
    • Rhode Island driver’s license;
    • Rhode Island voter ID card;
    • United States passport;
    • student ID card;
    • United States military ID card;
    • ID card issued by the United States or the State of Rhode Island; or
    • Government issued medical card.
  • The state will provide free photo ID to voters who don’t have one. Registered voters who don’t have an acceptable photo ID can get a free voter ID at the Election Division office during normal business hours or select other locations on specific days. For more information, consult http://sos.ri.gov/divisions/elections/Voters/voter-id or contact the Election Division at 401–222–2340, TTY 711 or elections@sos.ri.gov.
  • Voters who do not bring an acceptable ID to their polling place can vote using a standard provisional ballot. The ballot will be counted if the signature given at their polling place matches the signature on the voter registration.

+ Where Do I Vote?

Make a plan. Look up your voting site and hours at: https://sos.ri.gov/vic

+ How Can I Vote?

By Mail

  • Rhode Island allows voters to vote by mail-in ballot if voters aren’t able to vote at their polling place on Election Day.
  • Contact your local election officials for a mail ballot or access the application online
  • Applications are available at least two months before elections and must be received by the local board of canvassers at least 21 days before the election.
  • Completed ballots must be notarized or signed by two witnesses, and received by the State Board of Elections by 8 p.m. on Election Day.

Election Day

  • Voting sites will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day. If you are in line by the closing time then you will be allowed to vote.

+ Common Questions/Concerns

Registering to Vote Does Not Affect Your:

  • Federal Financial Aid
    • Where you register to vote will not affect federal financial aid such as Pell Grants, Perkins or Stafford loans, or your dependency status for FAFSA
  • Status as a Dependent on Your Parents’ Taxes
    • Being registered to vote at a different address from your parents does not prevent them from claiming you as a dependent on their taxes
  • Tuition Status
    • Being deemed out-of-state for tuition purposes does not prevent you from choosing to register to vote in your campus community

Will registering to vote in Rhode Island affect my driver’s license or car registration?

  • To register to vote, you must be a resident of Rhode Island. Voting in Rhode Island may subject you to other laws that govern state residents, including those regarding driver’s licenses and car registration. For more information, you may wish to contact the Rhode Island Department of Motor Vehicles.

Fair Elections Center and Campus Vote Project intend the information contained herein is used only as a general guide. This document should not be used as a substitute for consultation with a licensed Rhode Island legal professional.

Last updated June 2018