Voting 101

Welcome to Voting 101! The hub for all your election, and government resource-related questions.


Here at the Nonviolence Institute, we want to support our clients in every way imaginable, and we understand that sometimes navigating the world of government can be intimidating and confusing. So we have put together this page to act as a resource.

Deadlines to register to vote by? We know 'em. Dates of RI primaries? Got 'em all here. 

Terms you've seen everywhere but maybe don't know the definition of? We can help you out there too. 

“The ballot is stronger than the bullet.” -Abraham Lincoln 

Important dates to keep track of for the 2020 presidential elections:

Registration Deadline

Mail-In Ballot Application Deadline

March 29, 2020

August 8, 2020

October 4, 2020

April 8, 2020

(4 pm) 

August 18, 2020 (4 pm) 

October 16, 2020 (4 pm) 

Day of Voting

April 28, 2020

September 8, 2020

November 3, 2020

 Host your own voter’s registration drive; click here to learn how.

Contact your elected officials; click here to find them.

Take the pledge to vote here and have your friends take it too!

You can vote with an emergency mail ballot within 20 days of the election. The application deadline is 4 pm the day before.

Rhode Island offers same-day registration for the presidential election. Find your local Board of Canvassers here and visit them to register and vote on November 3, 2020. 

Contact your elected officials; click here to find them.

To check your registration status and/or register click here. 

To find your polling place (i.e., where you go to vote) click here.

(Polling places in RI open between 7-9 am and close between 7-8 pm on election day.)

People with felony convictions have their right to vote automatically restored upon release in RI!

There is no minimum residency requirement before voting in RI!

BE PREPARED at the polling place so that they can’t turn you away. Have a photo ID!

Call 866-OUR-VOTE

if you have an issue

Think your vote doesn't count? Think again!