More information: https://vote.sos.ri.gov/.
To use the online voter registration system you must have a current and valid driver’s license, learner’s permit or non-driver photo identification card issued by the RI Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and a signature on file with DMV.
Online registration form in English and Spanish: https://vote.sos.ri.gov/ovr/?search_type=register
Printable forms: https://vote.sos.ri.gov/assets/pdfs/voter_registration_form.pdf
Refer to the box below for information about ID requirements.
You may choose a political party affiliation when you register, but it is not required.
To update registration after a move, name change, or change of political party affiliation, use the voter registration form.
The Registrar of Canvassers in each town maintains the voter rolls. To remove someone from a voter roll, contact the local Board of Canvassers.
Directory of Local Boards of Canvassers: https://vote.sos.ri.gov/ovr/info/local_boards/
For online voter registration, a Rhode Island drivers license or state ID is required.
An ID is not required for mail-in registration, but you must provide the information from one of the documents listed on the form to verify residence:
Voters will be asked to show a valid Photo ID. Options include:
Voters who do not bring ID to the polls can vote using a standard provisional ballot, which will be counted if the signature they provide at the poling place matches the signature on their voter registration card.
Mail ballots do not require voter ID.
More information: https://vote.sos.ri.gov/assets/pdfs/voter_id_information.pdf
Department of Motor Vehicles
Obtaining a Driver’s License
For more information visit: https://vote.sos.ri.gov/Voter/VotebyMail?ActiveFlag=4
Many organizations offer free rides to polling places. Some of these include:
Referenda Information: Forthcoming
Offices/Measures That May Appear on the Ballot
|Federal (even years)||
President/Vice-President (elected every four years; next election in 2020)
Senator (elected every six years for staggered terms; next election in 2020)
Representative (elected every two years)
|State (even years)||
Governor/Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, State Treasurer, State Comptroller, Attorney General, Judges of Probate (elected every four years; next election in 2022)
State Senator (elected every two years)
State Representative (elected every two years)
Statewide ballot measures
School Board and other boards and commissions
Mayor or First Selectman
Registrar of Voters
Aldermen or Selectmen
Local ballot measures
The Rhode Island Board of Elections (http://www.elections.ri.gov/finance/) provides access to candidates’ election committee and Political Action Committee campaign finance filings.
Find your elected officials: https://vote.sos.ri.gov/Home/ElectedOfficials?ActiveFlag=3
1-888-VE-Y-VOTA (en Español)
1-888-API-VOTE (Asian multilingual assistance)
Find useful voter information including:
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