Register to Vote
Before you can vote, elections officials need to know a few things about you, such as your eligibility to vote and where you live. Registering in advance shows election officials that you are a qualified voter whether you vote by mail, vote early or on election day. It also ensures that you get to vote in all the elections and on ballot questions that affect you.
You may be eligible to register to vote if you are:
- A citizen of the United States
- A resident of the Rhode Island city or town where you wish to vote
- At least 16 years of age (You must be at least 18 years of age to vote.)
You may not register to vote if:
- There is a written court order stating that you cannot vote. (If you have a legal guardian, you can vote unless the guardianship order specifically suspends your right to vote.)
- You are a convicted felon still in prison. Once out of prison, you can restore your right to vote by either notifying your local board of canvassers in writing or by submitting a new voter registration form.
Choose how to register to vote:
Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea worked to pass Automated Voter Registration (AVR) in 2017. This means that, if eligible, you will automatically be registered to vote when you interact with the Division of Motor Vehicle (DMV).
If you do not interact with the DMV, you will still need to register to vote using the options below.
When you register to vote, your local board of canvassers will send you an acknowledgement notice at the address associated with your new voter registration. You will also be notified by mail if your registration does not meet the requirements for any reason.
Be sure to contact your local board of canvassers if you do not receive the acknowledgement notice within three weeks of registering to vote. If the Post Office cannot deliver the notice to the address on your voter registration form, your status as a voter will be changed to “inactive” and you may have to provide additional information when voting.