Rhode Island Absentee Ballot Guide

Last updated March 22, 2016
Military and Overseas voters should visit the Overseas Vote Foundation. Long Distance Voter's information should only be used by voters with US mailing addresses.

Important Deadlines

  • Voter Registration Form: Received 30 days before the election. You may register in person on election day, but only in Presidential elections and you will only be allowed to vote for the offices of President and Vice President.
  • Absentee Ballot Application: Received by the 21st day before the election
  • Voted Absentee Ballot: Received by 9:00 p.m. on Election Day

How to apply for an absentee ballot

Register to vote

Recommended: Use our Voter Registration Tool.  Enter your information, print and sign the completed form, and mail it to the address printed on the form.  

You can also download and complete Rhode Island's Voter Registration Form. Mail the completed form to your local Board of Canvassers.

(NOTE: to vote in a party primary in Rhode Island, you must affiliate yourself with that party at least 90 days before the primary.)

Verify your registration

It's best to verify your voter registration before applying for your absentee ballot.  If there's a problem with your registration, register again before proceeding.

NOTE: Most people receive their voter registration cards in the mail 2-3 weeks after registering to vote. Don't worry if you lost your voter registration card. You don't actually need it to vote.

Make sure you're eligible to vote by absentee ballot

Any registered Rhode Island ovter may vote by absentee ballot.

Apply for your absentee ballot

Rhode Island prepares a new absentee ballot application for every election.

The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot is 4pm on the 21st day before the election.

Receive, complete, and return your absentee ballot

The Board of Elections will mail you an absentee ballot and a return envelope.  Fill in the required information on the envelop and sign where indicated. You must have your signature on the return envelop must be witnessed by two people or a notary.

Mail your completed ballot to the state Board of Elections.  (The address is on the ballot.)  Your absentee ballot must be received by 9pm on election day.

Additional Information

State Election Website: http://www.elections.state.ri.us/
Local Election Officials: Your Local Election Official is the best person to contact if you have questions.  They'll be able to provide up-to-date information on rules and deadlines. 


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