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We Can Vote is a nonpartisan resource center that provides regularly updated information and opportunities for each of us to do our part in making the 2020 elections safe, secure, and successful.

Election officials are doing their best to respond to COVID-19, and while the pandemic has disrupted many aspects of civic life, one thing is certain: America will hold elections this November. Together, we can help make sure every eligible voter is able to safely register, vote, and have their voices heard.

Rhode Island: Latest Election & Voting Updates

Last updated Wednesday, July 29, 2020 1:27 PM ET

Important News

  1. Sunday, August 9, 2020

    Primary Election Voter Registration Deadline

  2. Tuesday, August 18, 2020

    Primary Election Mail Ballot Application Deadline

  3. Wednesday, August 19, 2020

    Primary Election Emergency Voting Period Begins

  4. Tuesday, September 8, 2020

    Primary Election Mail Ballot Submission Deadline

  5. Tuesday, September 8, 2020

    Primary Election Day

  6. Sunday, October 4, 2020

    General Election Voter Registration Deadline

  7. Tuesday, October 13, 2020

    General Election Mail Ballot Application Deadline

  8. Wednesday, October 14, 2020

    General Election Emergency Voting Period Begins

  9. Tuesday, November 3, 2020

    Election Day

vote by mail icon. How to vote by mail in Rhode Island

Any registered voter may request a mail ballot if they may not be able to make it to the polls on election day. 

Healthy Voting 'hv' icon. Healthy Voting in Rhode Island

Find healthy, secure, and safe ways to cast your ballot this year at HealthyVoting.org.

Take Action to Support Safe & Secure Elections in Rhode Island

Below are some practical, positive actions you can take to help voters prepare for the 2020 election and cast their ballots in the way that’s best and healthiest for them.

(Read our guidelines for what we include.)

Information about voting is based on:

  • Official policy announcements on government websites
  • News stories citing verified statements from government officials

Information about actions people can take will be:

  • Non-partisan 
  • Positive and practical
  • Community-based and supported by trusted partners and networks

Policy information will focus on:

  • Proactive steps officials are taking to hold elections
  • How community groups, individuals and businesses are supporting elections
  • Public education efforts around voting
  • Pen and pencil icon. Demand a Plan for Safe Elections

    Rhode Island has not shared an official plan for holding safe elections in November. Send a letter to Governor Raimondo and demand that they share their plan.

    Demand a Plan

  • Hand raised icon. Volunteer to help with elections in your community

    Election officials will need more volunteers this year to help run elections while protecting public health. Sign up to be a volunteer in your community and support hard working election officials.


  • Speech buble with checkmark icon. Support a Safe November Election

    Common Cause Rhode Island is asking advocates to contact their legislators to support even more protections for this fall’s elections including extended mail balloting rules to allow all eligible voters to vote from the safety of home, expanded early voting, and in-person voting options that are as safe as possible.

    Take Action

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We Can Vote is calling on all states and voting territories to develop clear election plans that protect our democracy while also preserving public health. Policymakers, and election administrators can act decisively to do the following:

  • Provide mail ballot options to all eligible voters, including the ability to request ballots online in a secure and equitable manner;
  • Preserve in-person voting options in November that:
    • Ensure sufficient hours and locations to prevent long lines or large crowds
    • Ensure enough in-person options on tribal lands and in other locations with limited mail access
    • Use best practices from public health officials to have healthy polling sites
  • Engage with major employers, colleges, and media so that any shifts in election administration serve voters in local communities, and so local communities can assist by volunteering to help by being poll workers for America's largest civic event;
  • Create rules and protocols through administrative and legislative action so that all eligible Americans can vote in November's election.

These simple steps can help ensure that eligible voters can access their ballots while minimizing the risks of this virus. These steps will allow communities to come together and support hard-working election officials who ensure that America's democracy is healthy and strong.