Election Rules

Primary Election Voter Registration Deadline: March 29

Primary Election Date: April 28

General Election Voter Registration Deadline: October 4

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 an absentee ballot. 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