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IMPORTANT ELECTION & CANDIDATE FORUM DATES

Deadline to register for General Elections – October 09

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Deadline to apply for a mail ballot – October 18

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Early in-person voting begins – October 19

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STEP ONE

REGISTRATION

Making sure you are registered at your correct address is integral to your voter plan. You must be registered by August 14 to vote in the September Primaries and October 9 to vote in the November Elections. Use the links below to make sure your information is up to date.

STEP TWO

PLAN YOUR VOTE

Deciding what method you will use to vote is an important step of successfully casting your ballot. Check out your options for voting by clicking the links below.

Click here to view and download our “Plan Your Vote” PDF so you can be ready to cast your ballot.

DEADLINE TO APPLY FOR MAIL BALLOT TO VOTE IN NOVEMBER ELECTIONS: October 18

Voting from home is a safe and easy choice to cast your ballot when you are not able to make it to the polls.

View the image below to learn more about how to vote by mail. 

NOVEMBER GENERAL ELECTION EARLY VOTING PERIOD: October 19 – November 7

In the 20 days leading up to Election Day, you can vote in person at your city or town hall or at a designated location during regular business hours. This is a great option if you are unable to vote at your usual polling place on Election Day, or if you have run out of time to request a mail ballot. View voting locations and hours in your community.

Make sure to bring photo ID.

ELECTION DAY: November 8

Before heading to the polls, be sure to visit your personal Voter Information Center to:

Make sure to bring photo ID

STEP THREE

GET INFORMED

Staying informed is key to making a thoughtful decision when time comes to choose your candidates. Before you head to the polls:

CANDIDATE RECORDINGS & COVERAGE

Gubernatorial Forums

2022 Gubernatorial Forum on Senior Issues Presented by the Senior Agenda Coalition

Saving the environment: RI governor candidates share their strategies

RI Gubernatorial Candidates’ Early Childhood Policy Forum 

2022 Gubernatorial Forum 

WPRI 12 Gubernatorial Primary Debate

2022 Gubernatorial Forum: Raising Rhode Islanders Out of Poverty

2022 Gubernatorial Forum 

Providence Mayoral Candidates

Providence mayoral candidates tackle questions from addiction recovery community

Mayoral forum challenges candidates on health equity in Providence

Candidates for Providence City Council Ward 3 address tough questions at east side forum

Other Candidates

Democratic candidates for Secretary of State bring their ideas to first and only forum.

Dem candidates for RI treasurer clash over pension fund, qualifications

Who’s running for mayor of East Providence? Here’s a quick guide

STEP FOUR

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS

If you do not have a permanent address, you can still vote no matter what your housing situation is! If you don’t have a permanent address, you can use the address of the city or town hall where you are residing when you fill out your voter registration form.

If someone tells you you cannot vote without a permanent address, your first step should be to contact the Secretary of State’s office at (401) 222-2340 to let them know this is happening.

You can call 211, which has a voting rights hotline.

You can also call the Board of Elections at (401) 222-2345 or your local board of canvassers at your city or town hall.

No one should be turned away at the polls. You have the right to request a provisional ballot if you are a qualified, registered voter and your name cannot be found on the voter list when you arrive at your designated polling place on Election Day, or if you do not bring a current and valid acceptable photo ID to the polling place. Your vote will be counted after your local board of canvassers confirms your eligibility.

Rhode Island General Laws, Section 17-19-49 currently prohibits the display or distribution of any poster, paper, circular or document that would aid, injure or defeat any candidate for public office or any political party or any question on the ballot.

This law prohibits such display within the voting place or within fifty (50) feet of the entrance or entrances to the building in which voting is taking place at any primary or election.

Election officials, that is, wardens, moderators, clerks and bi-partisan supervisors, assigned to a polling place are also prohibited from displaying or wearing any political party button, badge or other device that is intended to aid, injure or defeat the candidacy of any person for public office or any question on the ballot or to intimidate or influence any voter.

The State Board of Elections has oversight of the conduct of elections at polling places and that office should be contacted if you have any specific questions as to what campaigning is allowed.

You can request the assistance of a bipartisan pair of poll workers. Federal and state laws allow voters who are blind, disabled, or unable to read or write to bring a person of their choice into the voting booth. An affidavit must be completed by the person providing assistance.

All the information on a voter registration form is public record except your RI driver’s license and Social Security numbers.

The only exception is for victims or potential victims of domestic violence.

If you or a member of your household has a court-ordered restraining order against another person to prevent domestic violence, you may register to vote without making your residence address part of a public record. Contact the Department of State’s Elections Division at 401-222-2340 for an application to join the Address Confidentiality Program and for more information.

Under the Rhode Island Restoration of Voting Rights Act of 2006 (RIRVRA) the Secretary of State must ensure that persons who were not eligible to vote due to incarceration, will have their eligibility restored upon release from prison.

If you are a person convicted of a felony who was registered to vote in Rhode Island and plan to stay in the state, you will have your voter registration restored when you are released from prison. If you are sentenced to home confinement, probation or parole, you are still eligible to vote.

Gender identity should never prevent anyone from being a voter. Learn more about how to update your voter information if you have legally changed your name or need a Voter ID that better reflects your appearance today. 

Click here for a short video with more information from the Secretary of State’s office.

Rhode Island Expands Voting Access

Exciting news! Thanks to your support, the Let RI Vote Act has been signed into law. The Let RI Vote Act (S2007), sponsored by Representative Katherine Kazarian (D) and Senator Dawn Euer (D), will make access to exercising the right to vote for Rhode Islanders a lot easier by:

  • Allowing voters to apply for a mail ballot online
  • Offering the choice to vote by mail without an excuse
  • Removing the notary and witness requirement for mail ballots
  • Establishing a multi-lingual voter hotline
  • Reducing application deadline for voters to request a Braille ballot from 45 days to 21 days before the election
  • Requiring at least one ballot drop box for each community
  • Expands eligibility for nursing home residents to opt-in to automatically receive an application for a mail ballot

Thank you for those of you who showed up in support of the LRIV! With your successful advocacy, Rhode Islanders will benefit from improved voter access this election season, so MAKE SURE TO VOTE! (Have you moved since you last voted? Need to know where your polling place is? Go to vote.ri.gov to plan your vote!) State elections are critical to Rhode Island’s prosperity and voting is the way to make your voice heard! Stay tuned for upcoming voter engagement resources and opportunities from Homes RI.

Housing Providers Encouraged to Support Voter Registration & Engagement

On February 9, 2022, Several HUD offices sent out emails to their networks clarifying that housing providers who receive HUD funding should make voter registration opportunities and other election engagement available to their residents. Below are emails from the Office of  Public and Indian Housing, Multifamily Housing, Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS, and HUD’s Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs. These emails state explicitly that there is no barrier from HUD-funded organizations participating in non-partisan election work, as long as certain types of funding are not used to pay for it.

HUD Multifamily Election Announcement
HUD SNAPS Election Announcement
PIH Election Announcement
HOPWA Election Announcement

Together, we can work to ensure all Rhode Islanders live in safe, healthy, affordable homes.