VOTE: Election 2020
Rhode Island
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Poll Times
Most polls are open 7 a.m. - 8 p.m.

ID Requirements
Photo identification is required:

Rhode Island driver's license/permit
U.S. passport
ID card issued by any federally recognized tribal government
ID card issued by an educational institution in the United States
U.S. military identification card
ID card issued by the U.S. government or State of Rhode Island (RIPTA bus pass, etc.)
Government-issued medical card
Rhode Island Voter ID card

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Can I vote by mail in Rhode Island?
Yes! Any voter can request a mail-in ballot, no excuse required.

Can I submit an application online?

What's the deadline to request a mail-in ballot?
The deadline to apply for your mail-in ballot has passed. Your request had to be received on October 13.

What's the deadline to submit my ballot?
Your mail-in ballot must be received by 8:00 pm on Election Day (Nov. 3).

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Early voting
Oct. 14


Members of the military, their families, and US citizens living overseas can request a ballot to vote from anywhere in the world.

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General Election
November 3

To vote in your state, make sure you’re registered. Here are some important deadlines:

The deadline for online/mail registration is 10/4.

The deadline for in-person registration is 10/4.

If you have missed these deadlines, your state allows any qualified resident to register to vote and cast a ballot on Election Day.

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What's on my ballot?

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Candidates & Races

President of the United States


Joseph Robinette "Joe" Biden, Jr. (b. November 20, 1942, in Scranton, Pennsylvania) is the 46th president of the United States, assuming office on January 20, 2021.

He won the 2020 presidential election on November 3, 2020, with 306 electoral votes. Biden launched his campaign for president of the United States on April 25, 2019. He announced U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D) as his running mate on August 11, 2020.

Biden was the 47th vice president of the United States, serving under President Barack Obama (D) from January 20, 2009, to January 20, 2017.

He previously served as a U.S. senator from Delaware from 1973 to 2009.

On January 12, 2017, Obama awarded Biden the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his lifetime of public service, marking the final time Obama would present the nation's highest civilian honor. Biden received the award with distinction, an additional honor given only to Pope John Paul II, former President Ronald Reagan, and retired Gen. Colin Powell in the previous three administrations.


Vice President of the United States


Kamala Devi Harris (b. October 20, 1964, in Oakland, California) is a Democratic member of the U.S. Senate from California. Harris was first elected to the Senate in 2016. She became the second Black woman elected to the U.S. Senate and the first Indian American to serve in the chamber.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden announced Harris was his running mate on August 11, 2020. He called her "a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants." Harris is the first Black woman to appear on a major party's ticket in the United States.

Harris previously ran for president of the United States, entering the race on January 21, 2019. She suspended her presidential campaign on December 3, 2019, and endorsed Biden on March 8, 2020.

Harris is the former attorney general of California. She served in the position from 2011 to 2017. She also served as San Francisco's district attorney from 2004 to 2011.


U.S. Senate Rhode Island


Jack Reed (Democratic Party) is a member of the U.S. Senate from Rhode Island. He assumed office on January 7, 1997. His current term ends on January 3, 2027.

Reed (Democratic Party) ran for re-election to the U.S. Senate to represent Rhode Island. He won in the general election on November 3, 2020.

Reed previously served on the U.S. House of Representatives, representing Rhode Island's 2nd Congressional District from 1991 to 1997.

Reed graduated from West Point in 1971 and served active duty in the U.S. Army until 1979, serving in the Army Reserve until 1991. He received his Juris Doctor from Harvard University in 1982.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Reed is an average Democratic member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Democratic Party on the majority of bills.



Rhode Island Question 1
Name Change Amendment (2020)
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A "yes" vote supports amending the Rhode Island Constitution to remove "Providence Plantations" from the official state name in the Preamble, Article III (Oath of Officers), and Article IX (Commissions).

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A "no" vote opposes amending the Rhode Island Constitution and maintains the official full state name as the "State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations."