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Voter Registration

Voting is fundamental to our democracy. Unfortunately, and all too often, the importance of this single act is ignored, especially by our youth. In 2016, over 469,000 Rhode Islanders made their voices heard by casting their vote in the general election, but just 26% of those aged 18-24 voted. It is imperative to engage our next generation in the civic process. The Higher Education Amendment of 1998 requires all universities, including Providence College, to provide students with the opportunity to register to vote and access to voter information.

For Rhode Island Residents:

Rhode Island residents can go to vote.sos.ri.gov as their one-stop-shop for elections information (including voter registration, updating voter information, finding local polling locations, previewing sample ballots, etc). The RI Department of State also developed rivotes.org, a peer-to-peer video guide to voting in RI.

  • Register to vote online using TurboVote 
  • The deadline for voter registration in RI is October 4, 2020

There are three ways to vote in Rhode Island.

  1. Vote with a mail ballot.
  2. Vote early with an emergency mail ballot.
  3. Vote at the polls on election day

For Out of State Residents

If you are an out-of-state resident who wants to register to vote in Rhode Island, it is recommended to speak with the Providence College Financial Aid Office to make sure doing so does not impact your financial aid. For more information on this topic please email elections@sos.ri.gov.

Please click the links below for information on The National Voter Registration Act and the Voter Registration Form.