Rhode Island Dates

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Rhode Island Elections Schedule

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

2016 Election Dates and Deadlines
April 26, 2016 - Presidential Preference Primary Election
Absentee ballot request deadline - Received by 4 PM April 5, 2016
Absentee ballot return deadline - Received by 8PM April 26, 2016
September 13, 2016 - Primary Election Day
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
November 8, 2016 - General Election Day
General: Voter Registration Deadline October 9, 2016
General: Mail Ballot Application DeadlineOctober 18, 2016
Absentee ballot return deadline - Received by 8 PM November 8, 2016
Mayoral Elections and Others
  • Central Falls Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: James A. Diossa - Population(19,416)
  • Cranston Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: Allan W. Fung - Population(80,387)
  • Cumberland Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: William S. Murray - Population(33,506)
    November Mayor Elect takes office 1/5/2014.
  • North Providence Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: Charles A. Lombardi - Population(32,078)
  • Pawtucket Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: Donald R. Grebien - Population(71,148)
  • Warwick Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: Scott Avedisian - Population(82,672)
  • Woonsocket Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: Lisa Baldelli-Hunt - Population(41,186)
November 8, 2016

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.

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Rhode Island Elections: What's At Stake In 2016?

Why the 2016 Presidential Election Could Impact Your Way Of Living For Generations to Come

Democrats and Republicans The 2016 Presidential Election is crucial to both Republicans and Democrats since the next President of the United States could nominate as many as four Supreme Court justices. As many as four seats on the Supreme Court could become vacant during the next few years with four supreme court justices over the age of 80. This means the next president could have the power to transform the supreme court, and American law, for generations to come. (See Election Dates and Deadlines)

President Barack Obama The United States presidential election of 2016 is an Open Race since the Incumbent Democratic President Barack Obama is term-limited and cannot run for re-election to a third term in office.

President Obama was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States on January 20, 2009, and was sworn in for his second term on January 20, 2013.
(Browse 2016 Presidentials)



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.

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