RI Voter Registration Deadlines is Oct 4, 30 days before Nov 3, 2020.
- Stage 3 -- No excuse is required to vote by mail.
Online registration available.
• Rhode Island: The First Circuit Court of Appeals has rejected a Republican appeal seeking to overturn an agreement between voting rights advocates and Democratic state officials waiving a requirement that absentee voters have their mail ballot envelopes signed by two witnesses or a notary, but Republicans promptly asked the Supreme Court for an emergency stay to block the agreement.
Rhode Island: A federal district court has approved a consent decree under which Democratic state officials have agreed to waive a requirement that absentee voters have their mail ballots signed by two witnesses or a notary. The court rejected GOP officials' attempt to intervene and block the agreement, although Republicans filed an appeal with the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals.
Separately, Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo has signed a law that allows voters to cast so-called "emergency ballots" in-person at their local town hall instead of using the more cumbersome process currently available for such ballots within the last 20 days before an election. Rhode Island lacks traditional in-person early voting, so this measure makes it easier for voters to vote in-person ahead of Election Day.
• Rhode Island: Voting rights groups have filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging Rhode Island's requirement that mail voters have their ballots signed by two witnesses or a notary, something that very few other states require. The plaintiffs argue that this requirement violates the Constitution during the pandemic, and they're asking the court to waive it for the Sept. 1 primary and November general election.
• Rhode Island: Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo has signed an executive order directing the state Board of Elections to conduct a "predominantly mail ballot" election, which Democratic Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea had previously advised. The state Board of Elections has also asked Raimondo to issue another order removing the requirement that voters have their absentee ballot notarized or signed by two witnesses. The board has also requested that voters be allowed to provide additional information in case officials say the signature on their ballot does not match the one on file.
• Rhode Island: Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo has signed an executive order delaying Rhode Island's presidential primary from April 28 to June 2, following a recommendation by the state's Board of Elections. The order also directs the board to conduct a "predominantly mail ballot" election, which Democratic Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea had previously advised.