Elections & Voting
148 West River Street
Providence, RI 02904-2615
Phone: (401) 222-2340
Fax: (401) 222-1444
Open to the public
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
*If you are a convicted felon and not in prison and you are a US citizen at least 18 years of age on election day, you may restore your right to vote by notifying your local board of canvassers in writing that you have completed your prison sentence or by submitting a new voter registration form.
Yes. Say for instance you live under a bridge. When filling out the registration form you give the nearest address such as 425 Branch Avenue. The Board of Canvassers will send an Acknowledgement letter to the address provided. If there is no mailing address, the Acknowledgement letter will be returned as undeliverable. As a result, you will be listed on the voter list as “Inactive.” Your assigned polling place will be the one closest to the address you gave when you registered. You can confirm your polling place ahead of time by visiting the Voter Information Center (VIC) on the Secretary of State’s website or by calling your local board of canvassers. When you arrive at the polling place, the poll worker will note that you are listed as Inactive on the voter list and will ask you to fill out an affirmation form (affirming address). You will then vote a regular ballot. You may contact the Secretary of State’s office at 222-2340 if you have other questions or need additional guidance on your voter registration.
Yes. If you stay at a shelter or agency or get your mail at a shelter or agency, you may register to vote using that address provided that you do not have any other home address. The Board of Canvassers will send an Acknowledgement letter to the address provided. If the Acknowledgement letter is successfully delivered to the shelter or agency and is not returned to the Local Board of canvassers as undeliverable, you would be listed on the voter list as “Active” and you would not have to fill out an affirmation form when you arrive at the polls to vote. You will vote a regular ballot at the polling place. You can confirm your polling place ahead of time by visiting the Voter Information Center (VIC) on the Secretary of State’s website or by calling your local board of canvassers. Keep in mind that if you leave the shelter or stop receiving mail there, you must update your voter registration to provide your new location or address. You may contact the Secretary of State’s office at 222-2340 if you have other questions or need additional guidance on your voter registration.
Any registered voter may vote, so long as she or he has registered to vote at least 30 days prior to the primary or election in which they wish to vote.
No. You must be registered to vote at least 30 days prior to the primary or general election.
Registration is permanent and generally does not need to be renewed as long as you live at the same address.
You will need to register again if:
To register to vote, you must complete a voter registration form. That form must be received by an authorized public official of your city or town or the State of Rhode Island.
You may use either the Rhode Island Voter Registration Form or you may use the National Voter Registration Form. You may register in person or by mail. You may also register with the help of another person who delivers the forms to an authorized official for you.
You may obtain your registration form and register to vote in person at many different places, including offices you might visit to conduct other business. You may register at:
Contact the Board of Elections at 401-222-2345 for a complete list of agencies where you may register or change your address.
Yes. You may mail a completed Rhode Island Voter Registration form or a National Voter Registration form to your local board of canvassers. Federal and state forms are equally acceptable in Rhode Island.
If you are a first time mail registrant in RI or a first time registrant through a third party, and do not provide a driver’s license, RI ID or Social Security Number, you must provide one of the following identifications:
› A copy of a current and valid photo identification provided by a third party in the ordinary course of business that includes the name and photograph of the individual presenting it. Examples of photo identification include, but are not limited to:
or a copy of any of the following documents, provided that the document includes the name and current address of the individual presenting it, and is dated since the date of the last general election, unless the document is intended to be of a permanent nature such as a pardon or discharge:
Also, you have the option of bringing one of the identifications listed above to the polling place on Election Day, or mailing a copy of the identification to the local board of canvassers before the Election Day.
When you register for the first time or change your address, your local board of canvassers will send you an acknowledgement notice at the address from which you registered. (You will also be notified by mail if your registration does not meet the requirements for any reason.) If you do not receive the acknowledgement notice within three weeks, you should contact your local board of canvassers.
All the information on a voter registration form is public record except your driver's license and social security numbers. However, there is an exception for victims of domestic violence or voters living with victims of domestic violence.
If you have a court-ordered restraining order against another person to prevent domestic violence, you and your co-habitants may vote without making your residence address part of a public record.