Absentee voting in Rhode Island, also called “mail-in voting” or “by-mail voting”, is casting your vote by mail-in ballot before the day of the Election. All states will mail a ballot to you if specific criteria are met, but some states have much stricter rules to meet these conditions. The voter may return the ballot in person or by mail. With uncertainties and unknowns around USPS delivery of your "mail-in" ballot during Covid-19, you may want to check for ballot drop-off boxes in your area as an alternative way to deliver your absentee ballot.
Any otherwise qualified Rhode Island voter may vote by mail ballot in the following circumstances: 1. A voter within the State of Rhode Island who is incapacitated to the extent that it would be an undue hardship to vote at the polls because of illness, or mental or physical disability, blindness, or serious impairment of mobility. 2. An elector who is confined to a hospital, convalescent home, nursing home, rest home, or similar institution, public or private, within the State of Rhode Island. Nursing Home Mail Ballots 3. An elector who will be temporarily absent from the state because of employment or service intimately connected with military operations or who is a spouse or legal dependent residing with that person, or a United States citizen that will be outside of the United States. (Please Note: any voter qualified to vote a category 3 mail ballot will also be allowed to cast a mail ballot pursuant to the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act “UOCAVA Act” http://sos.ri.gov/elections/voters/overseas/) 4. An elector who may not be able to vote at his or her polling place in his or her city or town on the day of the election (see “No Excuse Mail Ballot Voting” below). All mail ballots must be received by the State Board of Elections at 2000 Plainfield Pike Cranston, RI 02921 by 8:00 P.M. the night of the election. If you cannot mail the ballot back in time utilize a Drop Box at these locations
Early In-person Voting
Early voting in Rhode Island allows you to cast your vote in person before the day of the Election at specific polling locations that may differ from the Election Day locations. Voting early in person allows you to cast your vote while the number of people waiting to vote is much smaller than Election Day. Please follow the recommended CDC Covid-19 safety guidelines.
Election Day In-person Voting
If you’re voting in person in Rhode Island on November 3rd, 2020 follow the recommended CDC Covid-19 safety guidelines.