Rhode Island Voter Information

Facts At A Glance

Registration Deadline: October 7th (by mail)


Do First Time Voters Need ID?


Do All Voters Need ID?


Complete Rhode Island Voter ID Laws

Do 1st time voters need ID? Yes
Do all voters need ID? Yes
Student ID accepted? Yes


What forms of ID are acceptable?

  • RI driver’s license
  • U.S. passport
  • ID card issued by an educational institution in the United States
  • U.S. military identification card
  • ID card issued by the U.S. government or State of Rhode Island like a RIPTA bus pass
  • Government issued medical card
  • RI Voter ID

Rhode Island Student Voter Info

Students who lived in Rhode Island before moving elsewhere to attend school, and who wish to establish or keep their Rhode Island voting residency (i.e., at their parents’ Rhode Island address), should have no problem doing so unless they are already registered to vote in another state. While the phrase “indefinite period” has been used in other states to limit the ability of students who are not sure of their plans after graduation to establish residence, the Rhode Island Board of Elections has stated that in Rhode Island, students residing in their college communities are eligible to register and vote in those communities.

Rhode Island Ex-Offender Voter Info

Individuals incarcerated for a felony conviction are ineligible to vote. Voting rights are automatically restored upon release from prison, and people on parole or probation can vote. Ex-offenders should re-register to vote.