Voter Guide: Election 2022

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In the coming months, candidates for a number of high-profile offices in Rhode Island and Massachusetts will be vying for people’s votes.

Below, we have the basics to help get you prepared, including how to register to vote in either state:

Key Local Races

  • Rhode Island Governor
  • Rhode Island Lt. Governor
  • Rhode Island 2nd Congressional District
  • Rhode Island Treasurer
  • Rhode Island Secretary of State
  • Rhode Island Attorney General
  • Providence Mayor
  • Massachusetts Governor
  • Bristol County Sheriff
  • Massachusetts 4th Congressional District

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Key Dates

Rhode Island

  • Filing deadline: June 29
  • Voter registration deadline: Aug. 14
  • Mail ballot deadline (primary): Aug. 23
  • Primary election: Sept. 6
  • Mail ballot deadline (general): Oct. 18
  • Election Day: Nov. 8


  • Filing deadline: June 7 (for most races)
  • Voter registration deadline: Aug. 24
  • Primary election: Sept. 13
  • Election Day: Nov. 8

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How to Vote

Registered voters in Rhode Island will once again have the option to vote in person or through the mail, but Massachusetts didn’t extend the temporary state laws enacted during the pandemic that allowed for no-excuse voting by mail. Residents can, however, request an absentee ballot if they can’t get to their polling place on Election Day.