Box 6 - ID Number: Enter your Rhode Island driver's license. If you don't have one, enter the last 4 digits of your social security number. If you don't have either number, please write "NONE" in the box.
Box 7 - Choice of Party: You must register with a politcal party if you wish to vote in that party's primary. You do not need to choose a party now, however: you can register with the party on Election Day at your polling place.
Box 8 - Race or Ethnic Group: Leave blank.
Print, date, and sign the form. If you do not have a printer, you can print the form out at any local library. If you do not have a stamp, you can buy one from any grocery store: just ask the cashier to sell you one.
Mail your voter registration form to the mailing address below. For faster delivery, send the form directly to your Local Election Office.
Your voter registration form must be postmarked by October 3, 2020
You must provide your Rhode Island driver's license number, state ID number, or the last four digits of your social security number with your voter registration application. You must also show ID. Acceptable forms of ID Include:
* a state ID
* a driver's license
* the last four digits of your social security number.
This is the statewide agency that is ultimately responsible for Rhode Island elections. You can contact them with questions, but your Local Election Office will probably respond faster.
Rhode Island State Board of Elections
50 Branch Ave.
Providence, RI 02904‐2790
Rhode Island vote by mail guide
Rhode Island vote by mail guide
Your Local Election Office will compare your signature on your voted ballot to the one on your ballot application. If the signatures don't match, your ballot might be rejected. Please sign carefully.
All registered Rhode Island voters will receive a mail-in ballot application ahead of the November 3, 2020 election.
Rhode Island vote by mail deadlines
Earliest day to apply: January 1, 2020
Request your mail-in ballot (online): N/A
Request your mail-in ballot (by mail): Received by October 13, 2020
Request your mail-in ballot (in person): Received by October 13, 2020
Return your mail-in ballot (by mail): Received by November 3, 2020
Return your mail-in ballot (in person): Received by November 3, 2020
Rhode Island vote by mail overview
Voting by mail is not as complicated as you might think. There are only a handful of steps:
Request your mail-in ballot by the deadline.
Receive your mail-in ballot via USPS.
Return your mail-in ballot by the deadline.
Rhode Island vote by mail rules
You must provide an excuse to vote by mail in Rhode Island, but 100% of registered voters can use COVID-19 as an excuse.
If you are requesting a ballot due to COVID-19 concerns, you must use the "I may not be able to vote at my polling place in my city/town on the day of the election" excuse on the vote by mail ballot application.
For the November 3, 2020 election, every registered voter will receive a vote by mail ballot application in the mail.
Rhode Island vote by mail ID requirements (request)
You do NOT need ID when requesting a ballot.
Rhode Island vote by mail ID requirements (return)
You do NOT need ID when returning a voted ballot.
Rhode Island vote by mail directions
In almost all cases, you will need to sign up to vote by mail. The state won’t just mail you a ballot. Don't worry: we will walk you through it. There are only a handful of steps: