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Rhode Island

Population

1,059,361

Voting-Age Pop.

789,062

Last Presidential Election (2016)
Clinton 56 %
Trump 40 %
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Important Dates

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Election Date

Nov 3, 2020

Registration Deadline

Oct 4, 2020

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USPS recommends mailing your ballot no later than October 27.

Source: USPS.com


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  • Online Registration

    Yes
  • Early Voting
    Yes
  • Same-Day Registration See additional information below
    Partial
  • ID Required
    Yes


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Absentee/Mail-In Voting

All registered, active Rhode Island voters will receive a mail ballot application for the general election.

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  • No, residents of Rhode Island must register for a mail ballot for the general election. However, RI registered voters will automatically receive an application to vote by mail.

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No, residents of Rhode Island must register for a mail ballot for the general election. However, RI registered voters will automatically receive an application to vote by mail.

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  • Mail ballot applications must be filled out completely and received by your local board no later than 4pm, 21 days before the election.


    Postmarked applications received after the deadline will not be accepted.

Mail Outline Icon Request a ballot by: Oct 13, 4pm

Mail ballot applications must be filled out completely and received by your local board no later than 4pm, 21 days before the election.


Postmarked applications received after the deadline will not be accepted.

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  • At this time, the Rhode Island Department of State website doesn't show a date when the state will begin mailing absentee ballots.


    If you do not receive your packet, call the Elections Division at 401-222-2340.

When will I receive my ballot?

At this time, the Rhode Island Department of State website doesn't show a date when the state will begin mailing absentee ballots.


If you do not receive your packet, call the Elections Division at 401-222-2340.

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  • All mail ballots must be received by the State Board of Elections by 8pm on Election Day.

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All mail ballots must be received by the State Board of Elections by 8pm on Election Day.

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  • You do not need to provide a reason/excuse to vote absentee.

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You do not need to provide a reason/excuse to vote absentee.


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Early Voting

Can you vote early in this state?

Yes

In the 20 days leading up to Election Day, you can vote in person at your city or town hall during its regular business hours. The early voting period for the November general election is Oct 14 to Nov 2.


Same-Day Registration

Can you register on Election Day?

Partial

Rhode Island allows for same-day voter registration for the presidential election only.


Voter ID Requirements

Is an ID required to vote?

Yes

Rhode Island requires all voters to present valid photo identification prior to voting at the polls. The Rhode Island secretary of state's office is issuing free voter photo ID cards to individuals who do not possess any of the valid photo IDs listed. Any voter who is unable to present valid identification at the polls will be required to cast a provisional ballot.



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Acceptable Forms of Identification

Make sure you're ready on Election Day with the appropriate forms of identification. Acceptable forms of ID are listed here.

Data source - elections.ri.gov

Acceptable Forms of ID

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  • US Passport

  • US Military ID

  • ID Card

    Issued by the US

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  • Driver's License or Permit

    Issued by the State of Rhode Island

  • RI Voter ID Card

  • ID Card

    Issued by the State of Rhode Island

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  • Educational ID

    ID issued by a US educational institution

  • Government Issued Medical Card

  • Tribal ID


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