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Federal Election Deadlines

State Primary September 9, 2014 General Election November 4, 2014
Registration Not required Not required
Ballot Request August 19, 2014 October 14, 2014
Ballot Return 8 PM, September 9, 2014 8 PM, November 4, 2014

These are not mailing deadlines. Please mail your voting materials early enough to account for mail delivery times. Check the recommended mailing dates section in Chapter 1 for details.

Important information

How can I register to vote as a military or overseas voter?

Fill out and return the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) to your local election office. This form allows you to register to vote and identifies you as a voter covered by UOCAVA (Federal law providing special protections).

What is my voting residence?

The place you consider your true, fixed and permanent home.

Do I need to claim a political party to vote in primary elections?

Yes. If you do not select a party, you can still vote in a general election, but not in a primary election.

How can I submit my FPCA?

You may mail or fax your FPCA directly to your local election official. Addresses can be found at the end of this section.

How often must I submit my FPCA?

Every two years.

If I am currently registered to vote, how may I request an absentee ballot?

You may request an absentee ballot by filling out the FPCA. You may mail or fax your FPCA directly to your local election official. Addresses can be found at the end of this section.

How can I return my voted ballot or Federal Write-In Ballot (FWAB)?

You must return your voted ballot or FWAB by mail. You may only return your voted ballot by fax if you received it by fax.

What must I do to use the FWAB and can I use the FWAB to vote in State and local elections?

You may use a FWAB any time if you have previously requested your absentee ballot. A FWAB may be used in all general, primary and special elections for Federal, State or local offices.

I am an American citizen, but I have never lived in the U.S., can I register to vote in this State?

Yes, if a parent is a qualified Rhode Island voter.

Will I need a notary or witness for my FPCA or FWAB?

No.

Where can I find information about the candidates and/or other items that will be on my ballot?

Please visit www.sos.ri.gov/vic/.

Registering and requesting your absentee ballot

Registration is not required. You must still complete the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) to request an absentee ballot. The form requests absentee ballots for all Federal, State and local elections held through the next regularly scheduled general election.

Complete the following blocks of the FPCA

Block 1

Select the category that describes you.

Block 2

To vote in primary elections, you must enter your political party affiliation. If you want to change your political party affiliation, submit a completed FPCA indicating your new party preference to the local election official on or before the 90th day before the primary election. Political party affiliation is not required if only requesting absentee ballots for general elections.

Block 3

Name (Last, First, Middle).

Block 4

Date of Birth

Enter your valid Rhode Island Driver's License number, the last four digits of your Social Security number, OR your State voter registration number.

Block 5

Recommended but not required. Provide your contact information to allow your city or town elections official to follow up if more information is required.

Block 6

Rhode Island allows you to receive your absentee ballot by mail, fax or electronically via download from a secure website. In order to receive your ballot by fax, you must fax your FPCA to the Secretary of State. Please rank your preference of how you would like to receive your absentee ballot. Provide your fax number in Block 5. If you do not make a selection, then the Secretary of State will mail your ballot to you.

Block 7

Complete street address of your Rhode Island voting residence. A post office box is not sufficient. If your address includes a rural route, describe its location in Block 9. This address must be within the city or town where you claim legal voting residence.

Block 8

Complete address where you want your ballot sent, usually where you live now.

Block 9

Provide any information that may assist the city or town elections official in accepting this application.

Affirmation

Sign and date. No witness or notary required.

How and where to submit your FPCA

Rhode Island allows you to submit the FPCA by mail or fax.

If you choose to mail your FPCA, mail the form directly to your local election office. Addresses can be found at the end of this section.

To find out the status of your registration/absentee ballot request, contact your local election official or refer to Rhode Island's voter registration verification website at http://www.sos.ri.gov/vic/.

If you choose to fax your FPCA, fax the form directly to the Secretary of State at 401-222-1444. You may also use the DoD Electronic Transmission Service to fax your FPCA toll-free. To use the Electronic Transmission Service, use the cover sheet available in Chapter 1 or at FVAP.gov, and fax to: (703) 693-5527, DSN 223-5527, or toll-free from the U.S., Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands to 1-800-368-8683. International toll-free numbers can be found on the inside back cover or at FVAP.gov.

Voting by citizens who have never lived in the U.S.

If the person is a U.S. citizen and has never lived in the U.S. but has a parent who is a qualified Rhode Island elector, this person will be eligible to register and vote in Federal elections only.

Voting your ballot

Voted ballots must be received by the State Board of Elections by 8 pm ET on Election Day.

No witness or notary is required on the certification envelope used for the return of voted ballots.

You may return the voted ballot by mail (or by fax only if you received your ballot by fax). If returning your ballot by fax, use the FPCA fax instructions under "How and Where to Submit Your FPCA."

Overseas Uniformed Service members should request to have the Prepaid Mail Label 11-DOD applied to their ballot materials at Military Postal Office locations (APO/FPO). This label provides free express mail service to your local election official for voted ballots mailed on or before the general election date. You retain a portion of the label for tracking your ballot through the U.S. Postal Service.

If you have not received your ballot, you may go to www.sos.ri.gov/vic to download the official ballot and all necessary voting materials to vote either by mail or fax.

Tracking your ballot

You may track the status of your ballot at www.sos.ri.gov/vic.

Haven't received your ballot? Use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot

Rhode Island allows you to use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) for voting in primary, special and general elections for local, State and Federal offices. If you have previously requested your absentee ballot, you may use the FWAB to vote any time before an election.

Complete the following blocks of the FWAB's voter declaration/affirmation

Block 1

Rhode Island does not require voter registration. Do not check the regsitration block.

Block 2

Select the category that describes you.

Block 3

Name (Last, First, Middle)

Block 4

Date of Birth

Enter your valid Rhode Island Driver's License number, the last four digits of your Social Security number, OR your State voter registration number.

Block 5

Recommended but not required. Provide your contact information to allow your local election official to follow up if more information is required.

Block 6

Enter your political party affiliation for voting in Presidential primary elections or write "none" if you wish to only vote in general elections.

Block 7

Complete street address of your Rhode Island voting residence. A post office box is not sufficient. If your address includes a rural route, describe its location in Block 9. This address must be within the city or town where you claim legal voting residence.

Block 8

Enter your current mailing address.

Block 9

Provide any information that may assist the local election official in accepting this ballot or application.

Affirmation

Sign and date. No witness or notary required.

Vote your FWAB

Vote for any Federal, State or local office in a primary, special or general election. To find out the races and candidates for which you can vote, go to www.sos.ri.gov/vic/. For each office for which you vote, write in either a candidate's name or a political party designation. Once the ballot is complete, fold and place it in the security envelope and seal. Place only the voted ballot in the security envelope and do not write on the security envelope.

How and where to submit your FWAB

The deadlines for submitting the FWAB are the same as for State absentee ballots. If you receive the State ballot after submitting the voted FWAB, you may also vote and return the State ballot. If both ballots are received by the deadline, only the State ballot will be counted.

Rhode Island allows you to submit the FWAB by mail (or fax if you faxed your FPCA for ballot request).

If you choose to mail your FWAB, insert the sealed security envelope and the Voter's Declaration/Affirmation into the mailing envelope and mail it directly to:

State Board of Elections
50 Branch Avenue
Providence, RI 02904

If you choose to fax your FWAB, fax the ballot directly to the State Board at 401-222-3135. Include ballot, voter affirmation, and cover sheet with secrecy waiver. You may also use the DoD Electronic Transmission Service to fax your FWAB toll-free. To use the Electronic Transmission Service, use the cover sheet available in Chapter 1 or at FVAP.gov, and fax to: (703) 693-5527, DSN 223-5527, or toll-free from the U.S.,Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands to 1-800-368-8683. International toll-free numbers can be found on the inside back cover or at FVAP.gov.

Local election offices for city

If you cannot find information for your jurisdiction, please click on the LEO Search to find contact information.

City Mailing Address
Barrington Barrington Board of Canvassers
Town Hall
Barrington, RI 02806-2406
Phone: 401 247-1900 Fax: 401 247-3765
Email: ljames@barrington.ri.gov
Bristol Bristol Board of Canvassers
Town Hall
Bristol, RI 02809-2234
Phone: 401 253-7000 Fax: 401-253-2647
Email: lpcirillo@bristolri.us
Burrillville Burrillville Board of Canvassers
Town Hall
Burrillville, RI 02830-1403
Phone: 401 568-4300 Fax: 401 568-0490
Email: lphaneuf@burrillville.org
Central Falls Central Falls Board of Canvassers
City Hall
Central Falls, RI 02863-2835
Phone: 401 727-7450 Fax: 401 724-2031
Email: boc@centralfallsri.us
Charlestown Charlestown Board of Canvassers
Town Hall
Charlestown, RI 02813-3454
Phone: 401 364-1200 Fax: 401 364-1238
Email: clerk@charlestownri.org
Coventry Coventry Board of Canvassers
Town Hall
Coventry, RI 02816-8909
Phone: 401 822-9150 Fax: 401 822-9132
Email: landerson@town.coventry.ri.us
Cranston Cranston Board of Canvassers
City Hall
Cranston, RI 02910-2786
Phone: 401 780-3126 Fax: 401 780-3125
Email: tbucci@CranstonRI.org
Cumberland Cumberland Board of Canvassers
Town Hall
Cumberland, RI 02864-8388
Phone: 401 728-2400 Fax: 401 724-1103
Email: sgiovanelli@cumberlandri.org
East Greenwich East Greenwich Board of Canvassers
Town Hall
East Greenwich, RI 02818-0111
Phone: 401 886-8603 Fax: 401 886-8625
Email: evespia@eastgreenwichri.com
East Providence East Providence Board of Canvassers
City Hall
East Providence, RI 02914-4530
Phone: 401 435-7503 Fax: 401 435-1909
Email: mcallahan@cityofeastprov.com
Exeter Exeter Board of Canvassers
Town Hall
Exeter, RI 02822-2447
Phone: 401 294-2287 Fax: 401 295-1248
Email: canvassers@town.exeter.ri.us
Foster Foster Board of Canvassers
Town Hall
Foster, RI 02825-1226
Phone: 401 392-9200 Fax: 401 702-5010
Email: clsholly@townoffoster.com
Glocester Glocester Board of Canvassers
Town Hall
Gloster, RI 02814-0702
Phone: 401 568-6206 Fax: 401 568-5850
Email: jeanfecteau@glocesterri.org
Hopkinton Hopkinton Board of Canvassers
Town Hall
Hopkinton, RI 02833-1142
Phone: 401 377-7777 Fax: 401 377-7788
Email: deptownclerk@hopkintonri.org
Jamestown Jamestown Board of Canvassers
Town Hall
Jamestown, RI 02835-1149
Phone: 401 423-9804 Fax: 401 423-7230
Email: kmontoya@jamestownri.net
Johnston Johnston Board of Canvassers
Town Hall
Johnston, RI 02919-7192
Phone: 401-553-8857 Fax: 401 553-8862
Email: larusso@johnston-ri.us
Lincoln Lincoln Board of Canvassers
Town Hall, PO Box 100
Lincoln, RI 02865-1332
Phone: 401 333-1140 Fax: 401 333-3648
Email: kallen@lincolnri.org
Little Compton Little Compton Board of Canvassers
Town Hall
Little Compton, RI 02837-0226
Phone: 401 635-4400 Fax: 401 635-2470
Email: cwordell@tlcri.com
Middletown Middletown Board of Canvassers
Town Hall
Middletown, RI 02842-5267
Phone: 401 849-5540 Fax: 401 845-0406
Email: wmarshall@middletownri.com
Narragansett Narragansett Board of Canvassers
Town Hall
Narragansett, RI 02882-3612
Phone: 401 782-0624 Fax: 401 783-9637
Email: airons@muni.ri.net
New Shoreham New Shoreham Board of Canvassers
Town Hall
New Shoreham, RI 02807-0220
Phone: 401 466-3200 Fax: 401 466-3219
Email: townclerk@new-shoreham.com
Newport Newport Board of Canvassers
City Hall
Newport, RI 02840-2746
Phone: 401 845-5384 Fax: 401 848-5750
Email: roneill@cityofnewport.com
North Kingstown North Kingstown Board of Canvassers
Town Hall
North Kingstown, RI 02852-5767
Phone: 401 294-3331 x128 Fax: 401-294-2437
Email: jalywood@northkingstown.org
North Providence North Providence Board of Canvassers
Town Hall
North Providence, RI 02911-1740
Phone: 401 232-0900 Fax: 401-719-1609
Email: bocdirector@northprovidenceri.gov
North Smithfield North Smithfield Board of Canvassers
Municipal Annex
North Smithfield, RI 02896-7227
Phone: 401 767-2200 Fax: 401 356-4057
Email: dtodd@nsmithfieldri.org
Pawtucket Pawtucket Board of Canvassers
City Hall
Pawtucket, RI 02860-2129
Phone: 401 722-1637 Fax: 401 729-9499
Email: kmcgill@pawtucketri.com
Portsmouth Portsmouth Board of Canvassers
Town Hall
Portsmouth, RI 02871-2168
Phone: 401 683-3157 Fax: 401 683-2107
Email: mpencak@portsmouthri.com
Providence Providence Board of Canvassers
City Hall
Providence, RI 02903-1738
Phone: 401 421-0495 Fax: 401 421-9397
Email: kplacencia@providenceri.com
Richmond Richmond Board of Canvassers
Town Hall
Wyoming, RI 02898-1247
Phone: 401 539-9000 Fax: 401 539-1089
Email: townclerk@richmondri.com
Scituate Scituate Board of Canvassers
Town Hall
North Scituate, RI 02857-1906
Phone: 401 647-2822 Fax: 401 647-7220
Email: Scitclerk@aol.com
Smithfield Smithfield Board of Canvassers
Town Hall
Smithfield, RI 02917-3224
Phone: 401 233-1000 Fax: 401 232-7244
Email: dady@smithfieldri.com
South Kingstown South Kingstown Board of Canvassers
Town Hall
South Kingstown, RI 02879-3140
Phone: 401 789-9331 Fax: 401 788-9792
Email: canvassing@southkingstownri.com
Tiverton Tiverton Board of Canvassers
Town Hall
Tiverton, RI 02878-4401
Phone: 401 625-6703 Fax: 401 625-6705
Email: townclerk@townoftivertonri.com
Warren Warren Board of Canvassers
Town Hall
Warren, RI 02885-4369
Phone: 401 245-7340 Fax: 401 245-7421
Email: ssperoni@townofwarren-ri.gov
Warwick Warwick Board of Canvassers
City Hall
Warwick, RI 02886-7145
Phone: 401 738-2000 x5 Fax: 401 732-3439
Email: boc@warwickri.com
West Greenwich West Greenwich Board of Canvassers
Town Hall
West Greenwich, RI 02817-2155
Phone: 401-392-3800 Fax: 401 392-3805
Email: efliese@wgtownri.org
West Warwick West Warwick Board of Canvassers
Town Hall
West Warwick, RI 02893-4893
Phone: 401 822-9201 Fax: 401 822-9266
Email: jclark@westwarwickri.org
Westerly Westerly Board of Canvassers
Town Hall
Westerly, RI 02891-1888
Phone: 401 348-2503 Fax: 401 348-2571
Email: brayman@westerly.org
Woonsocket Woonsocket Board of Canvassers
City Hall
Woonsocket, RI 02895-4330
Phone: 401 767-9222 Fax: 401 767-9226
Email: ecorriveau@woonsocketri.org