Vote on Election Day

Before heading to the polls, be sure to visit your personal Voter Information Center to verify that your address is up to date and preview a sample ballot to familiarize yourself with the races and questions you will vote on.

When Election Day arrives, follow the steps below to make sure you are ready to #BeAVoter!

Visit our Accessible and Voting Assistance page for additional information on accessible voting options and voting systems, including using the ExpressVote when voting in-person.


Be sure to confirm your polling location using the polling place lookup tool. Polling places typically open at 7 a.m. and close promptly at 8 p.m. Check to confirm when your polling place opens on Election Day.

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You will be asked to show a current and valid photo ID when you vote at your polling place. If you do not bring an acceptable photo ID to the polls, you may cast a provisional ballot. This means that your vote may be counted by your local board of canvassers after they verify your eligibility.

For a complete list of acceptable photo IDs and to learn about provisional ballots, refer to the FAQ section below or download the informational flyer.

If you do not have a valid photo ID, the Elections Division at the RI Department of State will issue one. Call 401-222-2340 or email [email protected] to learn more.

TransVoters – Learn more about getting a photo ID that matches your current appearance if you need one to vote in person.

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Check in with poll workers by giving your name, address, and photo ID. They will locate your name in the electronic poll book and ask you to sign on the electronic poll pad.

The poll workers will initial your signature and provide you with your ballot and a secrecy folder.

Voters needing assistance marking their ballot may choose to use the ExpressVote. If you want to use the ExpressVote to mark your ballot, inform the elections official and you will be provided with a ballot card and a secrecy folder. The secrecy folder helps to ensure the privacy of your election choice(s).

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Voters will be directed to a voting booth or the ExpressVote to mark their ballot or ballot card.

This infographic shows the two options for marking your ballot.

First, read the instructions carefully on how to mark your ballot and check both sides of the ballot. Note how many candidates you can vote for or if you are to approve or reject a referendum question.

If voting a ballot, be sure to completely fill the oval next to your choice(s) using the black pen provided.

Write-In Option when applicable: To vote for a candidate whose name is not on the ballot, you can fill in the oval to the left of “Write-in” and print the name clearly in the box.

ExpressVote Users: Proceed to the ExpressVote, insert the ballot card and follow the instructions using the marking tools.

If you make a mistake or need assistance while marking your ballot, the poll workers will be able to assist you in obtaining a replacement ballot and answering any questions you may have.

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Once you have completed marking your ballot or ExpressVote ballot card, place it into the secrecy folder and proceed to the voting machine.

Remove your ballot or ExpressVote ballot card from the secrecy folder and insert your ballot into the voting machine.

The machine will scan your ballot or ExpressVote ballot card and indicate that your vote is counted.

If you made an error while voting, the machine will indicate that you made an error and ask if you would like to correct your error or continue casting your ballot.

Return the empty secrecy folder to a poll worker and proudly wear your “I voted” sticker.

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