Board of Canvassers

IMPORTANT DATES FOR CANDIDATES AND UPCOMING PRIMARY

June 14, 2018  
Disaffiliation - Primary Voters
Deadline for voters to disaffiliate (if necessary) in order to vote in a different party's primary.  If you wish to disaffiliate you must do so at least 90 days priory  to primary.  Unaffiliated voters may vote in any party's primary. [RIGL 17-9.1-24(a)]

June 26, 27 and 27, 2018
Declarations of Candidacy
Dates for filing declarations to be candidates in primaries or to be independent candidates in the general election.  Candidates for federal and statewide office file with the Department of State's Elections Divisions.  Democratic state committee, district committees and local committees file with local boards of canvassers where the candidate is registered to vote. [RIGL 17-14-1]

June 28, 2018
District Committee Endorsements
District  committees file with local boards of canvassers lists of candidates having district committee endorsement .  To be filed no later than the day after the final da for filing declarations of candidacy [RIGL 17-12-12(b)(2)(c)]

Town Committee Endorsements
Town committees file with local boards of canvassers lists of local candidates having committee endorsements.  To be filed not later than the day after the final day for filing declarations of candidacy. [RIGL 17-12-11]

June 29, 2018
State Committee Endorsements
State Committees notifies the Department of State's Elections Division of endorsement of candidates to be voted statewide and by congressional district.

State committee to file with local boards of canvassers lists of candidates having committee endorsement when city, town, or district committees have failed or neglected to do so.  To be filed within 24 hours after city, town or district committees have failed to endorse. [RIGL 17-12-4]
July 3, 2018
Pick up Nomination Papers
First day nomination paper are available.  Candidates for federal and statewide office (or their designees) obtain nomination papers from the Department of State's Election Division.  

All other general assembly, local office, Democratic stat committee, district committee and local committee candidates obtain nomination papers from local boards of canvassers where they filed their declaration candidacy.  Local board prepares within 2 business days of final day of filing endorsements. [RIGL17-1-7]
July 16, 2018
Submit Nomination Papers
All candidates (or their designees) file completed nomination papers with local board of canvassers.  [RIGL17-1-7, 17-14-11]
August 13, 2018
New Voter Registration Deadline
Final date for voter registration for primaries.  Registration must be made at least 30 days prior to primary.  [RIGL 17-1-3, 17-1-7, 17-9.1-3]


For more information, forms and publications please visit: https://vote.sos.ri.gov/

Please call the Board of Canvassers with any questions or additional information.

To verify your voter information or where you will vote please visit the Voter Information Center


The Board of Canvassers is looking for voters who are interested in working at the polls. Please contact the Board of Canvassers for more information or complete Application (PDF) to work at the polls.

Record Updates

According to Rhode Island State Law, voter registration records are periodically updated by using information received from the U.S. Postal Service National Change of Address Program. If you receive a mailing from the Board of Canvassers and have questions, please do not hesitate to call 401-268-1553 or email Board of Canvassers.

Voter Registration

To register to vote, check voter registration information or status please visit the Rhode Island Voter Information Center.

Please contact the Board of Canvassers with questions or requests for additional information

Reminder

Under the state’s new Voter ID law, poll workers will ask you for ID when you vote at the polls. Acceptable forms of ID's are:

  • RI driver's license
  • U.S. Passport
  • ID card issued by U.S educational institution
  • U.S military identification card
  • State of Rhode Island or U.S government issued ID card
  • Government issued medical card
  • Rhode Island Voter Idenification Card

If you do not have one of these forms of identification or for more information, please visit the Rhode Island Voter ID page.

Redistricting

As a result of the recently adopted RI redistricting plan, your senate, representative and local precinct numbers as well as the polling locations where you cast your ballot in the general elections may have changed.

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