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COVID-19 Voting Update: Rhode Island has suspended its witness or notary requirements for mail-in ballots for the 2020 general election. All voters are eligible to request a mail-in ballot for the 2020 general election. Voters were able to do this prior to the pandemic.

[updated September 4, 2020]


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Hey Rhode Island!

Before you can vote, you’ve gotta be registered. If you’re not sure if you’re registered already, you can check using the link in the description.

But if you’re not registered yet, or you’ve moved or changed your name since the last time you voted, you’ll need to fill out a registration form. If you have a Rhode Island ID, you can do that online at the same link you just used to check your registration status. If you don’t have a Rhode Island ID, you’ll need to use a paper registration form.

There’s a link to the form down in the description, and you should print it and mail it to your local Board of Canvassers by October 4th if you want to be registered in time for the November general election. If you miss the registration deadline, you can register at your city or town hall on election day. But you’ll only be able to vote for President and Vice President, not all the other important stuff on the ballot, so do register before the deadline if you can.

So you’re registered. Great! Now you get to vote.

Any registered voter in Rhode Island can vote by mail, no matter whether you’ll be at home on election day or not. Just head to the link in the description to fill out the form to request a mail ballot, and send it in before October 13th. Then you’ll get your ballot in the mail, fill it out at your own pace, and mail it back to the State Board of Elections before November 3rd.

If you don’t vote by mail, you’re gonna be voting in person on November 3rd. You can look up where to go to vote using the link in the description. The polls are open from 7am to 8pm and you’ll need to bring a valid photo ID with you, like a Rhode Island driver’s license, state ID, passport, student ID, or military ID, or tribal ID.

If you don’t have one of these, you can get a free voter ID from the Elections Division office – there’s a link to more on that below. If you want to see everything that’s gonna be on the ballot ahead of time, you can go to the same website you just used to look up your polling place to find your sample ballot. You don’t have to vote for every item on the ballot for it to be counted, but those local elections are pretty important, so this gives you a chance to research the candidates for your local elections ahead of time.

If you want to, you can even print one out and bring it to the polls with you so you don’t forget how you wanted to vote. One last thing: if you’re gonna vote—open up your notes app or grab a pen and paper and make a plan. Write down when and how you’re gonna register, what time you’re gonna vote, how you’re gonna get there, what ID you’re gonna use, even who you’re gonna bring to the polls with you.

Having a plan is a great way to make sure that nothing unexpected stops you from voting on November 3rd. All the links you need to check your registration and polling location will be in the description. Thanks for being a voter.

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