Mail-in ballot application deadline approaches in Rhode Island

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RHODE ISLAND — General election season is here in Rhode Island, with only weeks until voters cast their ballots on Nov. 8.

But for those planning to vote by mail, an important deadline is approaching to make sure your ballot counts. Voters in Rhode Island have until Tuesday to submit an absentee ballot application to their local board of canvassers.

Vote requests must be received (unpostmarked) by the October 18 deadline. Voters can send applications by mail or drop them off in person at their local canvassing board. The addresses of all canvassing boards can be found on the back of the mail-in ballot application.

“Voting by mail is a safe and secure option for voting,” said Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea. “I strongly encourage all Rhode Islanders who wish to vote at home with an absentee ballot to mail their nominations at least one week before the deadline to ensure they are received on time.”

The Department of State has partnered with public libraries across Rhode Island to make mail-in voting apps available. Registered voters can also access a mail-in ballot request by visiting vote.ri.gov or by contacting the Department of State’s Division of Elections at 401-222-2340 or [email protected]

Voters who do not return their absentee ballot application by the Oct. 18 deadline, or those who prefer to vote in person, can still vote in person, either early or on Election Day. Early voting will be available during normal municipal business hours from October 19 to 4:00 p.m. on November 7.

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