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Federal Election Deadlines

Presidential Primary April 26, 2016 State Primary September 13, 2016 General Election November 8, 2016
Registration Not Required Not Required Not Required
Ballot Request Received by 4 PM, April 5, 2016 Received by 4 PM, August 23, 2016 Received by 4 PM, October 18, 2016
Ballot Return Received by 8 PM, April 26, 2016 Received by 8 PM, September 13, 2016 Received by 8 PM, November 8, 2016

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

What is UOCAVA?

The Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act is commonly referred to as UOCAVA. UOCAVA citizens are U.S. citizens who are active members of the Uniformed Services, the Merchant Marine, the commissioned corps of the Public Health Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, their eligible family members and other U.S. citizens residing outside the United States. The law provides the legal basis for absentee voting requirements for federal offices.

What is the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA)?

The FPCA (federal form SF 76) allows UOCAVA citizens to register to vote and request an absentee ballot. This form is also used to update your contact information.

What is the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB)?

The FWAB (federal form SF 186) serves as an emergency backup ballot for UOCAVA citizens. If you do not receive your absentee ballot from your State in time to return it to your election official to participate in the election, use the FWAB.

What is the DoD Electronic Transmission Service (ETS)?

The DoD ETS allows you to email or fax your election materials toll-free. To email your election materials using ETS, use the cover sheet available in Chapter 1 or online at FVAP.gov and email to ETS@FVAP.gov. To fax your election materials using ETS, use the cover sheet available in Chapter 1 or online 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 in the Appendix of the Voting Assistance Guide or online at FVAP.gov.

What is the Prepaid Mail Label 11- DoD?

Overseas Uniformed Service members can use this label for general election absentee ballots. It provides free express mail service to your election official for general election absentee ballots. You can request to have a Prepaid Mail Label 11-DoD applied to your absentee ballot at Military Postal Office locations (APO/FPO). A portion of the label is kept by you for tracking your absentee ballot through the U.S. postal service.

What is a primary election?

A primary election is an election held before the general election to determine the candidates that can be placed on the general election ballot.

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

A U.S. citizen who has never resided in the U.S. and has a parent or legal guardian that was last domiciled in Rhode Island is eligible to vote as a "federal voter" and may vote for federal offices only.

I am a National Guardsman activated on State orders; does my State afford me UOCAVA privileges?

Yes.

How can I check the status of my ballot?

You can check the status of your absentee ballot here:
https://sos.ri.gov/vic/

Does my State have any online tools?

You can see if your State has any online tools available here:
http://www.fvap.gov/rhode-island

Registering and requesting your absentee ballot

Under federal law, the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) temporarily registers you to vote and requests absentee ballots for a minimum of all federal elections in the current calendar year. Be sure to complete a new FPCA each year and every time your address changes.

Complete the following blocks of the FPCA

Block 1

Select the category that best describes you.

Block 2

To vote in primary elections, you must enter the name of the party ballot you want to receive. Political party affiliation is not required if requesting an absentee ballot for general elections.

Block 3

Enter your current name (Last, First). If you are registered under a different name, provide this information in the previous name area.

Block 4

Your date of birth is required.

You must provide either a State issued ID number or the last four digits of your Social Security number. If you do not have either of these numbers you must enter in Block 9: "I do not have a social security number or State issued ID number."

Block 5

Your contact information is recommended so your election official can contact you if they need additional information from you in order to accept your FPCA. If you want to receive your absentee ballot by email/online or fax, you must provide your email address or fax number.

Block 6

You can receive your absentee ballot by mail, email/online or fax. Rank your preferred method of receiving your absentee ballot.

Block 7

Enter the complete street address of your voting residence. You cannot use a post office box mailing address. If your address is a rural route, use Block 9 to describe the location of your voting residence.

Block 8

Enter your current mailing address, even if you are requesting your ballot by email/online or fax. If you want your election materials sent to a different address or have a forwarding address, use Block 9 to provide this information.

Block 9

Provide any information that may assist your election official in accepting this form. You can use this space to designate particular elections or the period you wish to receive ballots.

Affirmation

Sign and date. No witness signature required.

How and where to submit your FPCA

You can submit the FPCA by mail or fax. Contact information can be found in the "Local Election Offices" section or online at FVAP.gov.

Mail your FPCA: Once your FPCA is complete, mail your FPCA directly to your election official.

Fax your FPCA: Fax your FPCA directly to your election official. Be sure to also include the Electronic Transmission Sheet. You may use the DoD Electronic Transmission Service (ETS) to fax your FPCA toll-free. Instructions for ETS are in the "Important Information" section or online at FVAP.gov.

To find out the status of your FPCA, contact your election official. Your election official will contact you if your FPCA is not accepted.

Voting your ballot

Once you receive your absentee ballot from your State it must be returned according to the deadlines and requirements in the "Federal Election Deadlines" chart. For special federal elections, visit FVAP.gov for specific deadlines.

You can submit the State absentee ballot by mail or fax.

Mail your ballot directly to:

State Board of Elections
50 Branch Ave.
Providence, RI 02904

Fax your ballot directly to the State Board of Elections at 401-222-6529.

You may use the DoD Electronic Transmission Service (ETS) to fax your ballot. Overseas Uniformed Service members can request to have the Prepaid Mail Label 11-DoD applied to the general election ballot. Additional information about this label can be found in the "Important Information" section.

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

You must be registered to vote and have already requested a State absentee ballot in order to use the FWAB.

You can use the FWAB to vote in all elections for federal, State and local offices, including ballot measures.

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

Block 1

Do not check this box. The FWAB cannot be used for voter registration or as a ballot request.

Block 2

Select the category that best describes you.

Block 3

Enter your current name (Last, First). If you are registered under a different name, provide this information in the previous name area.

Block 4

Your date of birth is required.

Block 5

Your contact information is recommended so your election official can contact you if they need additional information from you to accept your FWAB.

Block 6

To vote in primary elections, you must enter the name of the party primary in which you are voting. Political party affiliation is not required if voting an absentee ballot in general elections.

Block 7

Enter the complete street address of your voting residence. You cannot use a post office box mailing address. If your address is a rural route, use Block 9 to describe the location of your voting residence.

Block 8

Enter your current mailing address. If you want your election materials sent to a different address or have a forwarding address, use Block 9 for this information.

Block 9

Provide any information that may assist the election official in accepting this form.

Affirmation

Sign and date. No witness signature required.

Vote your FWAB

To vote, write in either a candidate's name or political party for each office. You are not required to make a selection for each and every contest.

How and where to submit your FWAB

You can submit the FWAB by mail or fax. Contact information can be found in the "Local Election Offices" section or online at FVAP.gov.

Mail your FWAB: Once your FWAB is complete, fold and place it in the security envelope and seal the envelope. Place only the voted ballot in the security envelope and do not write on the security envelope. Insert the sealed security envelope and the Voter's Declaration/Affirmation into the mailing envelope and mail your FWAB directly to:

State Board of Elections
50 Branch Ave.
Providence, RI 02904

Overseas Uniformed Service members can request to have the Prepaid Mail Label 11-DoD applied to the general election ballot. Additional information about this label can be found in the "Important Information" section or online at FVAP.gov.

Fax your FWAB: Fax your FWAB directly to the State Board of Elections at 401-222-6529. Be sure to include your ballot, signed Voter Declaration/Affirmation and cover sheet with secrecy waiver. You may use the DoD Electronic Transmission Service (ETS) to fax your FWAB toll-free. Instructions for ETS are in the "Important Information" section or online at FVAP.gov.

See the "Federal Election Deadlines" chart for the deadline for submitting the FWAB. If you receive the State absentee ballot after transmitting your voted FWAB, you may also vote and return the State absentee ballot. If both are received by the deadline, only the State absentee ballot will be counted.

Local election offices for city

City Mailing Address
Barrington Barrington Board of Canvassers
283 County Rd
Barrington, RI 02806-2406
Phone: (401) 247-1900
Fax: (401) 247-3765
Bristol Bristol Board of Canvassers
10 Court St
Bristol, RI 02809-2234
Phone: (401) 253-7000
Fax: (401) 253-2647
Burrillville Burrillville Board of Canvassers
105 Harrisville Main St
Harrisville, RI 02830-1403
Phone: (401) 568-4300
Fax: (401) 568-0490
Central Falls Central Falls Board of Canvassers
580 Broad St
Central Falls, RI 02863-2835
Phone: (401) 727-7450
Fax: (401) 724-2031
Charlestown Charlestown Board of Canvassers
4540 South County Trl
Charlestown, RI 02813-3454
Phone: (401) 364-1200
Fax: (401) 364-1238
Coventry Coventry Board of Canvassers
1670 Flat River Rd
Coventry, RI 02816-8909
Phone: (401) 822-9150
Fax: (401) 822-9132
Cranston Cranston Board of Canvassers
869 Park Ave
Cranston, RI 02910-2786
Phone: (401) 780-3126
Fax: (401) 780-3125
Cumberland Cumberland Board of Canvassers
45 Broad St
Cumberland, RI 02864-8388
Phone: (401) 728-2400
Fax: (401) 724-1103
East Greenwich East Greenwich Board of Canvassers
125 Main St, P.O Box 111
East Greenwich, RI 02818-0111
Phone: (401) 886-8603
Fax: (401) 886-8623
East Providence East Providence Board of Canvassers
145 Taunton Ave
East Providence, RI 02914-4530
Phone: (401) 435-7503
Fax: (401) 435-1909
Exeter Exeter Board of Canvassers
675 Ten Rod Rd
Exeter, RI 02822-2447
Phone: (401) 294-2287
Fax: (401) 295-1248
Foster Foster Board of Canvassers
181 Howard Hill Rd
Foster, RI 02825-1226
Phone: (401) 392-9200
Fax: (401) 702-5010
Glocester Glocester Board of Canvassers
1145 Putnam Pike
Chepachet, RI 02814-0702
Phone: (401) 568-6206
Fax: (401) 568-5850
Hopkinton Hopkinton Board of Canvassers
1 Townhouse Rd
Hopkinton, RI 02833-1142
Phone: (401) 377-7777
Fax: (401) 377-7788
Jamestown Jamestown Board of Canvassers
93 Narragansett Ave
Jamestown, RI 02835-1149
Phone: (401) 423-9804
Fax: (401) 423-7230
Johnston Johnston Board of Canvassers
1385 Harftford Ave
Johnston, RI 02919-7192
Phone: (401) 553-8856
Fax: (401) 553-8862
Lincoln Lincoln Board of Canvassers
100 Old River Rd, P.O. Box 100
Lincoln, RI 02865-1332
Phone: (401) 333-1140
Fax: (401) 333-3648
Little Compton Little Compton Board of Canvassers
40 Commons, P.O. Box 226
Little Compton, RI 02837-0226
Phone: (401) 635-4400
Fax: (401) 635-2470
Middletown Middletown Board of Canvassers
350 East Main Rd
Middletown, RI 02842-5267
Phone: (401) 849-5540
Fax: (401) 845-0406
Narragansett Narragansett Board of Canvassers
25 Fifth Ave
Narragansett, RI 02882-3612
Phone: (401) 782-0625
Fax: (401) 783-9637
New Shoreham New Shoreham Board of Canvassers
Old Town Rd, P.O. Box 220
New Shoreham, RI 02807-0220
Phone: (401) 466-3200
Fax: (401) 466-3219
Newport Newport Board of Canvassers
43 Broadway
Newport, RI 02840-2746
Phone: (401) 845-5384
Fax: (401) 848-5750
North Kingstown North Kingstown Board of Canvassers
80 Boston Neck Rd
North Kingstown, RI 02852-5767
Phone: (401) 294-3331 x128
Fax: (401) 294-2437
North Providence North Providence Board of Canvassers
2000 Smith St
North Providence, RI 02911-1740
Phone: (401) 232-0900
Fax: (401) 719-1609
North Smithfield North Smithfield Board of Canvassers
575 Smithfield Rd
North Smithfield, RI 02896-7227
Phone: (401) 767-2200
Fax: (401) 356-4057
Pawtucket Pawtucket Board of Canvassers
137 Roosevelt Ave
Pawtucket, RI 02860-2129
Phone: (401) 722-1637
Fax: (401) 729-9499
Portsmouth Portsmouth Board of Canvassers
2200 East Main Rd
Portsmouth, RI 02871-2168
Phone: (401) 683-3157
Fax: (401) 683-2107
Providence Providence Board of Canvassers
25 Dorrance St
Providence, RI 02903-1738
Phone: (401) 421-0495
Fax: (401) 421-9397
Richmond Richmond Board of Canvassers
5 Richmond Townhouse Rd
Wyoming, RI 02898-1247
Phone: (401) 539-9000
Fax: (401) 539-1089
Scituate Scituate Board of Canvassers
195 Danielson Pike
North Scituate, RI 02857-1906
Phone: (401) 647-7466
Fax: (401) 647-7220
Smithfield Smithfield Board of Canvassers
64 Farnum Pike
Esmond, RI 02917-3224
Phone: (401) 233-1000
Fax: (401) 232-7244
South Kingstown South Kingstown Board of Canvassers
180 High St
South Kingstown, RI 02879-3140
Phone: (401) 789-9331
Fax: (401) 788-9792
Tiverton Tiverton Board of Canvassers
343 Highland Rd
Tiverton, RI 02878-4401
Phone: (401) 625-6704
Fax: (401) 625-6705
Warren Warren Board of Canvassers
514 Main St
Warren, RI 02885-4369
Phone: (401) 245-7340
Fax: (401) 245-7421
Warwick Warwick Board of Canvassers
3275 Post Rd
Warwick, RI 02886-7145
Phone: (401) 738-2000 x6222
Fax: (401) 732-3439
West Greenwich West Greenwich Board of Canvassers
280 Victory Hwy
West Greenwich, RI 02817-2155
Phone: (401) 392-3800
Fax: (401) 392-3805
West Warwick West Warwick Board of Canvassers
1170 Main St
West Warwick, RI 02893-4893
Phone: (401) 822-9201
Fax: (401) 822-9266
Westerly Westerly Board of Canvassers
45 Broad St
Westerly, RI 02891-1888
Phone: (401) 348-2503
Fax: (401) 348-2571
Woonsocket Woonsocket Board of Canvassers
169 Main St, P.O. Box B
Woonsocket, RI 02895-4330
Phone: (401) 767-0027
Fax: (401) 767-9226