FAQ


  • As a candidate, can I request a list of registered voters?

    Yes, if you would like to order a list of registered voters please complete the voter file request form and submit it to the Department of State. You may also contact your local board of canvassers for local lists of registered voters.

  • As a candidate for party or public office, do I need to file campaign finance reports?

    For state and local candidates, Title 17, Chapter 25 of the Rhode Island General Laws entitled “Rhode Island Campaign Contributions and Expenditures Reporting” governs campaign finance.

    The Campaign Finance Division of the State Board of Elections administers this chapter of the Rhode Island General Laws. The State Board of Elections also promulgates rules and regulations regarding campaign finance.

    The Campaign Finance Division provides information relative to campaign finance reporting requirements as well as information on contribution and expenditure limits and restrictions relative to financing a campaign.

    The Campaign Finance Division will also provide information regarding public financing of election campaigns of candidates for statewide general offices.

    For further information regarding campaign finance, contact:

    State Board of Elections
    50 Branch Avenue
    Providence, RI 02904
    Phone: 401-222-2345
    Fax: 401-222-4424
    Email: [email protected]
    Website: www.elections.ri.gov

    Federal candidates running for office in Rhode Island should contact the Federal Election Commission for campaign finance requirements.

    Federal Election Commission
    Phone: 1-800-424-9530
    Website: www.fec.gov

  • As a candidate, are there any other filings that I need to file?

    All candidates for state or municipal elected office are REQUIRED to file a financial disclosure statement with the Rhode Island Ethics Commission, covering the prior calendar year. See R.I.G.L. § 36-14-16(c). This disclosure must be filed within thirty (30) days of the deadline for filing a Declaration of Candidacy. You may request an extension of time to file of no more than fifteen (15) days past the deadline, provided that you make the request to the Ethics Commission prior to the original filing deadline.

    The Ethics Commission’s financial disclosure form for candidates is different than, and in addition to, any campaign or candidate-related filings you may be required to make with the State Board of Elections, the Department of State, or your local Board of Canvassers.

    Failure to file this form on time with the Ethics Commission is a violation of the law, and will lead to the imposition of a substantial fine.

    The financial disclosure form requires the disclosure of, among other things, sources of income and assets, including those of a spouse and any dependent children. You generally do NOT have to disclose the amount of income you received or the value of your assets, although candidates for statewide general office do disclose ranges of income amounts. Candidates must also disclose business interests including those in entities that are regulated by, or do business with, the State of Rhode Island. Additionally, candidates must disclose the name and address of any person, business or organization (other than a credit card company or the holder of your residential mortgage) which is owed more than $1,000 by the candidate, a spouse or dependent child.

    How to File Online:

    Online: Forms may be completed and submitted online. We strongly recommend online filing because it is simpler and faster than submitting a hard copy, and we will automatically email you a receipt and copy of your completed online form. To file online the first time you must contact the Ethics Commission (401- 222-3790) to obtain a PIN# and I.D.

    Hard Copy: If you do not wish to file online, you may obtain a hard copy of the financial disclosure form and file it via regular mail or hand delivery to the Ethics Commission office. To obtain a copy of the form contact the Ethics Commission.

    Rhode Island Ethics Commission
    40 Fountain Street
    Providence, RI 02903
    Email: [email protected]
    Website: ethics.ri.gov
    Phone: 401-222-3790

  • Are there any restrictions on campaigning?

    Lawn signs and other similar public displays are governed by city or town ordinances. For questions, contact your local board of canvassers.

  • How do I contact the State’s Political Party Offices?
    • Rhode Island Democratic Party
      200 Metro Center Blvd., Suite 2,
      Warwick, RI 02886
      272-3367
    • Moderate Party of Rhode Island
      209 Yorktown Rd.,
      North Kingstown, RI 02852
      932-8364
    • Rhode Island Republican Party
      1800 Post Rd., Suite 17-I,
      Warwick, RI 02886
      732-8282
  • Does the US Postal Service help with campaign mailing?

    The United States Postal Service provides extensive information to assist you with your political campaign mail on its website. For mail piece design assistance please contact the MDA Customer Service Help Desk at (855)-593-6093 or by email at [email protected]