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Rhode Island

Emergency Mail Ballots

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Verify dates and times with your local board of elections

Emergency Mail Ballot Application Due

Nov. 4, 2024, 4pm

1 Day before Election Day, 4pm

Oct. 16, 2024

20 Days before Election Day

Emergency Voting Begins

Ballot Due

Nov. 5, 2024, 8pm

Election Day, 8pm

HOW TO VOTE

If you are hospitalized 1-20 days before an election, follow these steps:

1. GET YOUR APPLICATION
Obtain an emergency mail ballot application. Complete ballot application. In Box B, list the hospital address where you are hospitalized AND hospital room number. Under Box C, select: Option 2: "I am confined in a hospital..."

2. RETURN APPLICATION
Return ballot application to your Board of Canvassers by the day before the election, 4PM. You can have a friend, family member, or volunteer drop off this application at the Board of Canvassers.

3. APPLICATION DELIVERED
Your ballot will be delivered to you at the facility listed in Box B by a bipartisan pair of election officials from the State Board of Elections.

4. VOTE!
The bipartisan team will turn in your completed ballot for you.

*If you are a parent or guardian of a hospitalized pediatric patient and would like to vote, use the same application and under Box C select Option 4: “I choose to vote by mail”. Indicate address of your local board of canvassers in Box B. Designate a friend, family member, or volunteer who can serve as your authorized messenger to pick up your ballot for you.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Click below for flyers, toolkits, social media graphics, and any available emergency ballot applications.

Contact your local board of canvassers for more information, referencing R.I. Gen. Laws § 17-20-2.2 "Requirements for validity of emergency mail ballots"

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