VOTING RIGHTS: A Guide for Rhode Island Voters in 2016

'VOTING RIGHTS: A Guide for Rhode Island Voters in 2016' Pamphlet

This page is designed to help protect your right to vote. Keep it bookmarked, and share with your friends.

Quick Tips for Voters

The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to defending the principles of liberty and equality embodied in the Constitution and our civil rights laws. The ACLU does not endorse or oppose any candidate or party, but we believe that no civil right is more important in our democracy than the right to vote.

This information is accurate as of August 10, 2016, and is subject to change.

Who Can Vote?

Can I vote in Rhode Island?

What if I'm a student?

What if I've been convicted of a crime?

What if I'm homeless?

What if I've moved or changed my name?

How do I know if I'm registered?


How do I register?

Voting Early

Can I vote before Election Day?

How do I get a mail ballot?

What's the deadline for returning my mail (absentee) ballot?

Voting on Election Day

When are the polls open?

Can I get time off from work to vote?

Where do I vote?

What if I am disabled and my polling place is not accessible?

Can I get a ballot in my native language?

What if I need help in the voting booth?

Can I take election materials with me into my polling place?

Voter ID

Click here to download our Voter ID palmcard, which you can take with you to the polls.

Do I have to show ID?

What are the accepted forms of photo ID?

What if I don't have any ID?

Problems at the Polls

What if I'm not on the voter list?

What if I go to the wrong polling place?

What if someone challenges my right to vote?

What if someone tries to intimidate or harass me?

What if I make a mistake on my ballot or the voting machine malfunctions?

How do I make a complaint?