Voter Registration Information

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Registering to vote is the first step every citizen takes to become an eligible voter. You may register by completing a Voter Registration Form. These are available at the Canvassing Authority Office in City Hall, the Newport Public Library, the RI Registry of Motor Vehicles, and by clicking here: Voter Registration Form. You may register at any time, but to be eligible to vote in an upcoming election, you must be registered at least 30 days in advance.

Registration Requirements:

  • You must be a citizen of the United States
  • You must be a legal resident of Rhode Island
  • You may pre-register at age 16 but you must be at least 18 years of age to vote on Election Day

If you move or change your name you are required to update your voter registration.

Rhode Island now accepts online voter registrations.  You may register to vote or update your voter registration online by using the Secretary of State's website:

If you have moved out of state or otherwise wish to cancel your voter registration, please submit an Affidavit for Cancellation and Removal to our office.


Absent service members, and their eligible family members, as well as citizens residing overseas may be eligible to vote using the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA).  To determine your eligibility or obtain additional information please visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program's Voter Assistance Guide at:


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