Healthy Voting in Rhode Island

For the June 2, 2020 primary election in Rhode Island

  • All voters can request an absentee ballot.

  • Secure ballot drop-off locations are available.

  • Some counties have secure ballot drop boxes.

  • Early voting (in-person absentee voting) is available at your local elections office.
  • On Election Day, at least one voting center will be open in each county.

Healthy Voting tips

Voting by mail is a healthy option because it lets you maintain physical distance and helps reduce crowding at in-person voting centers.

If you go out to vote - whether to drop off a ballot or vote in person - follow these common-sense precautions:

  • Wear a mask or other face covering.
  • Maintain a physical distance of 6 feet to protect yourself, election workers, and other voters.
  • Before and after voting, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

If you are sick or concerned that you have been exposed to the coronavirus, seek medical care. If you don’t have an absentee ballot, contact your local election office for guidance about your voting options.


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Voting by mail is a healthy option because you vote at home. If you go out at all, it's only to mail or drop off your ballot.

Voting by mail is also called absentee voting in Rhode Island.

Deadline to return your ballot
Election Day, June 9 by 8:00 pm. All ballots must be delivered to the elections office by this time. Postmarks don't count!

Postage is pre-paid, so you don’t need a stamp.

You can track your ballot online.

How to get your ballot

All registered voters can request an absentee ballot.

The deadline to request a ballot is May 19, 2020.

You can:

  • Fill out and return the request form you received in the mail.
  • Download, print, and mail a request form.
  • Call or visit your local elections office.

If you missed the deadline to request a ballot, contact your elections office for any last-minute or emergency options.

How to return your ballot

Mail it:

  • Put it in your own mailbox for the mail carrier to collect.
  • Put it in a Post Office blue mailbox.
  • Take it to a post office.

Return it in person:

  • To your elections office.
  • At a secure ballot drop-off location.

Make sure your ballot counts! Remember...

  • Witness signature or notary requirements are waived for this election.

  • Be sure to sign the declaration on the return envelope.

  • You don't need a stamp because postage is pre-paid.

  • Return your ballot promptly. Postmarks don't count! 

Healthy tips for voting by mail in Rhode Island

  • If you return your ballot at a mailbox or drop box, wash your hands afterwards for 20 seconds.
  • If you go out to drop off your ballot, practice physical distancing and wear a mask or other face covering to protect yourself and others.
More tips for healthy voting by mail →

Early voting is voting in person before Election Day, which is usually less crowded than going to vote on Election Day itself.

Early voting is also called emergency mail ballots in Rhode Island.

June 1 at 4:00 pm. If you missed the mail ballot application deadline you may apply for an emergency mail ballot. Contact your local board of canvassers to learn how.

Healthy tips for early voting in Rhode Island

  • Follow instructions for healthy voting at your early voting location.
  • Wear a mask or other face covering, and maintain a physical distance of 6 feet to protect yourself, election workers, and other voters.
  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds. Wash with soap and water or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol before and after voting.
  • If you can, go when the early voting center will not be as busy, usually mid-morning or early-afternoon.
More tips for healthy voting in person →

When you vote in person on Election Day, you go to a voting center to mark and cast your ballot in person. Voting centers also have accessible voting systems and language access options.

Polling places are open 7:00 am to 8:00 pm
(In New Shoreham the hours are 12 noon - 8:00 pm)

Limited polling places are available on Election Day.

  • All voters are asked to show a photo ID.

Healthy tips for voting in person on Election Day in Rhode Island

  • Follow instructions for healthy voting at your in-person voting location.
  • Wear a mask or other face covering, and maintain a physical distance of 6 feet to protect yourself, election workers, and other voters.
  • Before and after voting, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • If you can, go when the voting center will not be as busy, usually mid-morning or early-afternoon.
More tips for healthy voting in person →

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