An Update from DRRI on COVID-19
---- Alert! -----
New Date and Big Changes for RI’s Presidential Preference Primary  
COVID-19 is impacting EVERYTHING these days –
including elections.

Please note that RI’s Presidential Preference Primary will now take place on June 2, 2020 , and will be conducted as a predominantly mail ballot primary.

This means that the State will mail Applications for Mail Ballot to every registered voter so that voters can vote by mail instead of voting in person at the polls.

You must return your Mail Ballot Application in order to receive a Ballot by mail. The postage will be pre-paid by the State.

There will be a limited number of polling places open on June 2, 2020, with accessible voting systems. 

All voters who are able to vote by mail are encouraged to do so.  

The Presidential Preference Primary is when party voters (Democrat and Republican) chose the candidate they wish to represent their party in the November General Election and voters choose delegates to the presidential nominating convention.

Under Rhode Island law,
  • Registered Democrat voters can only vote in the Democrat primary
  • Registered Republican voters can only vote in the Republican primary
  • Unaffiliated voters can choose which primary they would like to vote in

Things to do so that you can vote in the June 2nd
Presidential Preference Primary Election: 
  • Register to vote by May 3, 2020. If you are unsure whether you are registered to vote, you can call Disability Rights RI at 401-831-3150, the Secretary of State’s Elections office at 401-222-2340, or you may check online at

  • Make sure that your current mailing address is the address where you are registered to vote. If you need to update your registration to correct your address, you must do so by May 3, 2020.

  • When you receive your ballot, mark it and return it according to the instructions. Your completed ballot must be received by the close of polls on June 2, 2020. Allow ample time for your ballot to travel via mail.

  • During the emergency mail ballot period from May 19 to June 1, you may be able to vote at your City or Town Hall. If you plan to vote in person during the emergency mail ballot period or on June 2, contact your local voting office called the “board of canvassers” to find out where and when you can vote. Contact information for your local board of canvassers can be found here Any voter who applies for a mail ballot and then attempts to vote in person will be required to vote a provisional ballot.
If you have questions or concerns about the Presidential Preference Primary, your voting rights and any other disability-related legal concerns during this crisis, please contact us at:

 Disability Rights Rhode Island

  Our answering service is available 24/7 and if you do not reach us during
business hours, a member of our staff will return your call within 24 hours. 
(401) 831-3150
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