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Requirements to vote: 

  • 18 years old on or by Election Day.

  • US citizen.

  • 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?

  • 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.

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