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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.

2014 Important Events Calendar

May 2014 Dates
Deadline to register to vote in order to file a declaration of candidacy.May 25, 2014 -
June 2014 Dates
Independent Filing deadline for General ElectionJune 25, 2014 -
Filing deadline for primary Ballot accessJune 25, 2014
August 2014 Dates
Deadline to register to vote in the party primariesAugust 10, 2014 -
September 2014 Dates
Congressional PrimarySeptember 9, 2014
Ballot Return by 8pmSeptember 9, 2014
October 2014 Dates
Deadline to register to vote in the general electionOctober 5, 2014 -
November 2014 Dates
November General Election DayNovember 4, 2014
Rhode Island: Voting at the Polls on Election Day

Poll hours: 7:00 AM-8:00 PM

    Beginning in 2012, poll workers will ask you to show a current and valid ID when you vote at your polling place. Voter ID strengthens the public's faith in the fairness of our elections by enabling poll workers to match a voter's face to the name they give at the polls.

    Poll workers will accept the following valid and current Photo IDs:

    • RI driver's license
    • U.S. passport
    • ID card issued by an educational institution in the United States
    • U.S. military identification card
    • State of Rhode Island or federal government-issued ID card
    • Government-issued medical card
    • RI Voter ID
    • Employee ID card
    • ID card provided by a commercial establishment
    • Credit or debit card
    • Health club ID card
    • Insurance plan ID card
    • Public housing ID card

    Voter ID will be phased in over two election cycles. In 2012 and 2013, poll workers will also accept certain non-Photo IDs. The ID must include your name and address as it appears in the poll book and be dated since Nov. 2, 2010, unless the document is intended to be of a permanent nature such as a birth certificate, Social Security card or a government issued medical card, then only your name is required.

    If you do not bring a Photo ID, you can use certain non-Photo IDs including:

    • Birth certificate
    • Social security card
    • Government-issued medical card
    • Utility bill
    • Bank statement
    • Document issued by a government agency
    • Lease or rental statement
    • Student ID
    • Tuition statement or bill
    • Insurance plan card

    Where to Get a Free Voter ID

    • Registered voters who don't have an acceptable current and valid Photo ID can get a free Voter ID at our office in Providence during normal business hours or at one of the following locations.

    Click here for additional information

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