Requirements to vote:
18 years old on or by Election Day.
Resident of Rhode Island and your city or town.
Not be incarcerated in a correctional facility upon a felony conviction.
Not be presently judged "mentally incompetent" to vote by a court of law.
How do I register?
In the state of Rhode Island, you can register online, via mail, or in person.
To register online, go to https://vote.sos.ri.gov/ovr/register. You need a RI DMV issued driver's license or state ID number, your name as it appears on your RI driver's license or state ID card, and your date of birth.
The deadline to register online is 30 days prior to Election Day.
To register via mail, download this voter registration form and mail it to your local board of canvassers. You can find the form here: https://vote.sos.ri.gov/assets/pdfs/voter_registration_form.pdf, which you can also hand-deliver. You can find your local board of canvassers here: http://www.elections.ri.gov/canvassers/index.php
You can find the Spanish form here: http://www.elections.ri.gov/Election_Publications/Voter_Registration/Spanish.pdf
Your form must be postmarked 30 days prior to Election Day.
To register in person, you can go to your local board of canvassers, a DMV, or certain public agencies.
The deadline to register in person is 30 days prior to Election Day.
In presidential elections, if you miss the deadline, you can still register and vote at your board of canvassers on the day of the election.
You do not have to register with a party to vote in either primary or general elections. However, if you choose to affiliate yourself with a party, you may only vote in that party’s primary, but if you are registered as "Unaffiliated" you may vote in the primary of any party you choose. Once you vote in a primary, however, you are considered a member of that party until and unless you "disaffiliate".
If you legally change your name, move to a new address, or want to change your party affiliation, you must do so online. However, if you change that information at the DMV, it will automatically update your registration information as well.
Can I pre-register?
You can pre-register if you are 16 years old and will be 18 by Election Day.