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 poll workers on Election Day that you are a qualified voter and 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 you are:
- Legally judged mentally incompetent by a court of law
- 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 Automatic Voter Registration (AVR) in 2017. This means that, if eligible, you will automatically be registered to vote when you interact with the 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.