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RIC Library Guide for Voting

Get ready for the General Election on November 8.

Why Vote?

Voting is more than just choosing a candidate. It is also choosing the right policies and people who reflect your interests when determining decisions that will affect your community, state, and nation. When you vote, you are participating in decisions related to health, immigration, gender equality, right to vote, infrastructure, employment, education, social security, security for our communities, taxes, etc.


How to Vote

Although voting registration closed on 10/9/22, you might be interested in registering for the future elections. There are always a few things you need to know about before voting. Rhode Island offers online voter registration. In order to register online, you need:

  • Your Rhode Island DMV issued driver's license or State ID number
  • Your name as it appears on your Rhode Island driver's license or State ID card
  • Your date of birth


Or, you can register by mail to vote in Rhode Island by printing a voter registration form, filling it out, and mailing it to your local election office. You can also register to vote in person if you prefer. Registering in person can also be done by bringing the registration form into your local Board of Canvassers. Same day voter registration is ONLY ALLOWED FOR PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS.


Voter Guides

Work the Polls

Wondering how you can get involved on Election Day? There are other ways to participate after casting your vote. For example, you can volunteer at a polling place and help out your city!


Campaign Finance

Issues and Public Opinion

Local Data

Other Resources

WJAR/NBC 10 Live Televised Debates at RIC

Author Credits

This guide was developed by Rhode Island College students Brittney Lawson, Brenda Ortiz, Karla Rodriguez Morales, and Alexia Sterpis, as part of their American Government course with Professor Perri Leviss (Political Science), in partnership with Professor Amy Barlow (Librarian for Political Science).


The authors note that while the majority of information contained in this guide is specific to voting guidelines for the state of Rhode Island, some of the resources are national. The majority is state-specific.


Updated: 11/04/2022