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Upcoming Elections in Rhode Island

2016 Election Dates and Deadlines

November 8,2016 - General Election Day
Voter Registration Ends: General: Voter Registration Deadline October 9,2016
Absentee Ballot Request deadline - By Mail: Last day to apply for a mail ballot October 18,2016
Absentee Ballot return deadline : 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)
  • 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
  • Electoral College Election
December 19, 2016

Can I Take 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

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
  • Government issued medical card

  • Employee ID card
  • ID card provided by a commercial establishment
  • Credit or debit card
  • Military ID card
  • Student ID card
  • Health club ID card
  • Insurance plan ID card
  • Public housing ID card

If you do not have one of the proofs of identity above, you must bring one of the documents below to obtain a free voter ID card. It must include your name and be dated since November 4, 2014, unless the document is intended to be of a permanent nature such as a pardon or discharge:

  • Utility bill
  • Bank statement
  • Government paycheck
  • Document issued by a government agency
  • Official elections document issued by a government agency, dated for the election in which the registered voter is providing it as proof of identity
  • Voter notification issued by a governmental agency
  • Public housing ID card issued by a governmental agency
  • Lease or rental statement or agreement issued by a governmental agency
  • Student ID card issued by a governmental institution/agency or non-governmental institution/agency
  • Tuition statement or bill issued by a governmental agency
  • Insurance plan card or drug discount card issued by a governmental agency
  • Discharge certificates, pardons, or other official documents issued to the registered voter by a governmental agency in connection with the resolution of a criminal case, indictment, sentence or other matter
  • Public transit authority senior citizen and disabled discount ID card issued by a governmental agency
  • ID documents issued by governmental disability agencies
  • ID documents issued by homeless shelters and other temporary or transitional facilities
  • Drug prescription issued by a government doctor or other governmental health care provider
  • Property tax statement issued by a governmental agency
  • Vehicle registration issued by a governmental agency
  • Vehicle certificate of ownership issued by a governmental agency

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.

Voter IDs are available Monday-Friday from 8:30am-4:30pm at 148 W. River St. in Providence.

Learn more about Voting at the Polls on Election Day

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Who Can Vote in Primaries in Rhode Island?

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Can I Register To Vote At The Polls On Election Day?

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Am I eligible To Vote Absentee Ballot in Rhode Island?

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