Elections & Voting
148 West River Street
Providence, RI 02904-2615
Phone: (401) 222-2340
Fax: (401) 222-1444
Open to the public
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Beginning this year, voters will be asked to show an ID when they vote at the polls. Poll workers will accept a wide range of common IDs including a RI driver's license, employee ID card and RIPTA bus pass.
Voters who do not already have an acceptable photo ID can obtain a free one from Secretary of State Mollis’ office on (INSERT DATE, TIME & LOCATION OF VISIT TO YOUR ORGANIZATION OR FACILITY). Voters can also obtain a free Voter ID at the Secretary of State's Elections Division, 148 West River St., Providence, weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
In order to obtain a free Voter ID, voters must bring proof of identity such as a Social Security card, credit or debit card, utility bill or government-issued document. The ID, which includes a color photo of the voter and the voter's full name, will be created on the spot.
“The perception that identity theft could occur at the polls weakens the public's faith in the integrity of our elections. The simple act of asking for ID protects the rights of every voter," said Mollis.
Voter ID will be phased in over two election cycles. In 2012 and 2013, voters can also use a variety of non-photo IDs including a Social Security card, bank statement or any government-issued medical card. Beginning in 2014, only photo IDs will be accepted.
Most importantly, no eligible voter will be denied the right to vote. Voters who do not bring an acceptable ID to the polls can vote using a standard Provisional Ballot. If the signature they give at their polling place matches the signature on their voter registration, their ballot will be counted.
Mail ballots do not require ID.
For more information visit Voter ID.