Election Rules

State and Local Primary Election Voter Registration Deadline: August 9

State and Local Primary Election Date: September 8

General Election Voter Registration Deadline: October 4

Rhode Island’s Board of Elections has an Address Confidentiality Program for voter registration for survivors of domestic violence with a current restraining order. Learn more here.

Restoration of Voting Rights After Felony Convictions: The right to vote is automatically restored for felons upon their release from incarceration.

ID Requirements for Voting: Photo ID requested, if ID is not shown, voter may use a provisional ballot.

Absentee Voting: Any registered Rhode Island voter can request a mail-in ballot online or call their local board of canvassers. Voters can access the application online and must submit it at least 21 days prior to the election. Access the application here.

Gender Gaps in Representation

Rhode Island is one of 9 states with a woman governor (Gina Raimondo, D). It is one of 13 states with no women in its Congressional delegation. Rhode Island ranks 9th in the country for women’s representation in the State Legislature.

Rhode Island Congressional Delegation

Rhode Island State Legislature

Voter Turnout

Rhode Island had lower voter turnout for men than the United States overall in the 2016 Elections, while Rhode Island women had similar voter turnout to the overall United States.

Percent Voter Turnout by Gender

Percent Voter Turnout by Race

Other races not shown due to population size