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Rhode Island

Upcoming Election Dates and Registration Deadlines

November 7, 2023

Rhode Island First Congressional District Special Election
Voter Registration Deadline
  • Postmarked: October 8, 2023
  • In-person request by: October 8, 2023
  • Online request by: October 8, 2023
Absentee (Mail-in) Ballot Request Deadline
  • Post received: October 17, 2023
  • Received in-person by: October 17, 2023
  • Online request received by: October 17, 2023
Completed Absentee (Mail-in) Ballot Return Deadline
  • Received by: November 7, 2023 by 8pm EST
Early Voting: October 18, 2023 – November 6, 2023 

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Vote by Mail

No excuse is needed to vote by mail in Rhode Island.

Registered voters can vote absentee if you are unable to vote at your polling place on Election Day. Your absentee ballot application must be received 21 days before the election to your local board of canvassers.

See details of absentee voting here

Vote Early

In the 20 days leading up to Election Day, you can vote in person at your city or town hall or at a designated location during regular business hours.

View voting locations and hours in your community.

See details of early voting here

What to Expect
on Election Day

On Election Day, polls are open from 7 AM to 8 PM ET. 

Find your polling location.

Voter ID Requirements

You must bring a valid photo ID to vote. Acceptable forms of photo ID include:

  • RI driver’s license
  • US passport
  • ID card issued by an educational institution in the United States
  • US military identification card
  • ID card issued by the US government or State of Rhode Island (RIPTA bus pass, etc.)
  • Government issued medical card
  • RI Voter ID card

Click here for more information on voter ID in Rhode Island

Language Access

Section 203 of the Voting Rights Act requires certain jurisdictions to provide in-language voting materials in areas with a significant number of limited English proficient voters. 

Section 208

Section 208 of the Voting Rights Act states that, “Any voter who requires assistance to vote by reason of blindness, disability, or inability to read or write may be given assistance by a person of the voter’s choice, other than the voter’s employer or agent of the employer or office or agent of the voter’s union.” 

It is your right to bring your own interpreter to the polls, if you so choose. 

Have questions or need help voting?

Call 1-888-API-VOTE (1-888-274-8683).

Bilingual assistance is available in English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Urdu, Hindi, and Bengali. Click here for more information.