Upcoming Elections in Rhode Island
What's on Rhode Island ballot in 2016
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Who Can Vote in Primaries in Rhode Island?
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2016 Election Dates and Deadlines
|Primary: Voter Registration Deadline||August 1, 2016|
|Primary: Mail Ballot Application Deadline||August 23, 2016|
|Absentee ballot return deadline - Received by 8 PM||September 13, 2016|
|General: Voter Registration Deadline||October 9, 2016|
|General: Mail Ballot Application Deadline||October 18, 2016|
|Absentee ballot return deadline - Received by 8 PM||November 8, 2016|
|November 8, 2016|
Time Off For Voting:
Time off to vote is subject to the employer. Rhode Island state law does not require employers to grant time off to vote for employees.
Voting At The Polls On Election Day
Polling places are open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Election Day. Anyone in line at 7:00 p.m. will be allowed to vote.
Rhode Island state law 17-19-24.2 requires all voters to present valid photo identification prior to voting at the polls in all elections beginning in 2014. Voters will need to present one of the following forms of photo ID:
- RI Driver's License
- RI Voter ID Card *
- U.S. Passport
- ID issued by a U.S. educational institution
- U.S. military ID
- ID card issued by the United States or the State of Rhode Island
The Rhode Island Secretary of State's office is issuing free voter photo ID cards to individuals who do not possess any of the valid Photo IDs listed above. See the Secretary of State's website for additional information on the program, or call (401) 222-2340.
Any voter who is unable to present valid identification at the polls, will be required to cast a provisional ballot.
Identification is not required to vote by mail ballot.
Can I Register At The Polls On Election Day?
NO: Rhode Island does not provide Same Day Voter Registration. You must register to vote by the voter registration deadline in order to vote in an election. If you miss the voter registration deadline for an election you should contact your local election office.
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