Rhode Island

Welcome Rhode Island voters! Below you will find your upcoming election dates, voter registration deadlines, state requirements for Voter ID, as well as information on online voter registration, automatic voter registration, vote-by-mail, early voting, and minor pre-registration.


Primary Election Dates & Registration Deadlines

Party Primaries
Registration Deadlines
Same Day Registration
Mail-In Online In-Person
September 12 August 13 (received) August 13 August 13 No


General Election Dates & Registration Deadlines

General Election Registration Deadlines
Same Day Registration
Mail-In Online In-Person
November 6 October 7 (received) October 7 October 7 No


Online Voter Registration

Yes, Rhode Island has Online Voter Registration. You can register online here.

Voter ID

Strict = if no identification, voter must take additional measures after Election Day to have ballot counted

Non-strict = if no identification, voter still has option to cast ballot that may be counted without additional measures by voter

Rhode Island has non-strict photo ID requirements. Here are the approved forms of ID in the state of Rhode Island:

  • RI Driver’s License or Permit
  • 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
  • Tribal ID


Rhode Island does have “no-excuse” vote-by-mail. You must request your ballot by 4:00 p.m. on the 21st day before Election Day.. Your ballot must be received by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.

Early Voting

Rhode Island has no in-person early voting.

Automatic Voter Registration (Motor Voter)

Yes, Rhode Island has Automatic Voter Registration. It automatically registers individuals when they apply for or renew a drivers license or personal ID card unless the applicant opts out. Allows a path for other state agencies to do the same.

Minor Pre-Registration

Rhode Island allows voters to pre-register at the age of 16.

Links to State-by-State Charts

2018 Election Dates & Deadlines

Online Voter Registration

Automatic Voter Registration

Vote By Mail

Early Voting

Voter ID

Content Updated Summer 2018


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