are last-minute alternatives for Rhode Islanders who missed the
deadline to register to vote or who find they will be out-of-town
unexpectedly on November 4.
from Rhode Island Secretary of State
Nov. 3, 2008
Last-minute Options for Voting on November 4
you missed the October 4 deadline to register to vote, you will not be
able to vote for statewide or local races on Election Day. However, you
will be able to cast a "same-day" ballot for President and Vice
President if you are otherwise eligible to register to
vote. In most
places, just to go to your community's city or town hall on November 4.
cities and towns have set up special locations instead of town hall on
Election Day: Coventry Town Hall Annex, 1675 Flat River Road;
Compton, Wilbur McMann School, 28 Commons; Providence, Dunkin Donuts
Center, 1 LaSalle Square; and Smithfield Senior Center, 1 William J.
Hawkins Jr. Trail.
Whether you go to
town hall or a special location, local elections officials will be on
hand to help. You can register to vote and cast a ballot in the
presidential race on the spot. And you are officially registered in
Rhode Island for future elections.
If you unexpectedly find you will be out-of-town on Election Day, you
can go to your community's city or town hall and
request an Emergency Ballot. You must be eligible to vote on Election
Day in order to qualify. You will fill out a ballot at town hall and
seal it in a privacy envelope. Your vote will be counted on Election
Day the same as absentee and voting-machine ballots.