Voter Resources Provided by the Secretary of State’s Office

PROVIDENCE, RI – The 2014 general election is Tuesday, November 4th, and as Secretary of State, I am committed to making it easier for Rhode Islanders to vote.

The Office of Secretary of State has many resources available to help inform and educate the general public about the election process and referenda questions.

To learn who your elected officials are, check your voter registration, locate your local board of canvassers, view sample ballots for upcoming elections and find out where your polling place is, please visit our online Voter Information Center at
It’s also important to note, that poll workers will ask you to show a current and valid photo ID when you vote at your polling place this year.

Poll workers will accept the following valid and current Photo IDs:

• RI driver’s license
• U.S. passport
• ID card issued by an educational institution in the United States
• U.S. military identification card
• ID card issued by the U.S. government or State of Rhode Island like a RIPTA bus pass
• Government issued medical card
• RI Voter ID

Registered voters who don’t have an acceptable current and valid Photo ID can get a free Voter ID at our office in Providence at 148 West River Street during normal business hours (8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.). We will also come to your community. To invite us to provide free Voter IDs at your organization or event, contact us at 222-2340, TTY 711 or

Our office is also pleased to remind voters about RI VIC, Rhode Island’s mobile voter application, which delivers voter information to Rhode Islanders with the touch of a button.

RI VIC is the name of the new mobile application, and it’s designed to assist Rhode Island voters from mobile devices such as cell phones, and tablets. This APP is FREE, offered in English and Spanish, and is available for online download for Apple devices at the Apple store, and for android devices at Google Play.

A video demonstration of RI VIC is available on our website at:

This year will see election contests for many municipal offices, General Assembly seats, the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate, and statewide general offices, including all five General Office seats (Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, General Treasurer, and Attorney General).

To learn more information on this year’s election, and for a complete list of resources for voters, or to view our 2014 Voter Information Handbook, please visit our online elections page at

As in 2008 and 2012, which saw record-setting voter turnout, my hope is to once again see an historic number of voters come to the polls to make their voices heard on Election Day. Thanks to so many wonderful partnerships with local schools through our office’s Voters in the Classroom initiative as well as workplace registration efforts, our state has more registered voters than at any other time in Rhode Island history.

The right to vote is a privilege. I urge all Rhode Islanders to make their voices heard on Election Day, Tuesday, November 4th, 2014.

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