Voter Guide: Election 2022

Election Day has come and gone. Voters across the country cast their ballots to decide the outcome of various races and referendums.

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How to Vote

Registered voters have three ways to cast their ballot: in person ahead of Election Day, in person on Election Day, or by mail.

Early voting began on Oct. 19 in Rhode Island and Oct. 22 in Massachusetts.

For those who requested a mail ballot, they must be returned by 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 8. Election officials say to put the ballots in the mail at least seven days before Election Day. Mail ballots can also be dropped off at the Board of Elections in Cranston or in secure drop-boxes located in every city and town.

Map: Drop Box and Early Voting Locations »

Anyone planning to vote on Election Day can find their polling place on the secretary of state’s website. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. through 8 p.m.

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What do I need to bring?

To vote in person, Rhode Islanders must show photo identification. Options include:

  • Driver’s license or permit
  • US passport
  • State-issued ID card
  • Voter ID card
  • US military ID
  • ID issued by a US educational institution
  • Tribal ID

In Massachusetts, voters are not required to show photo ID, but that may be requested if:

  • Someone is voting for the first time
  • Someone has been deemed an inactive voter
  • Someone is casting a provisional or challenged ballot
  • The poll worker has reasonable suspicion to make that request

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Key Local Races

Ballot Questions

Voters in both Rhode Island and Massachusetts will vote on several statewide ballot measures in the general election. They may also be asked to decide on local referendums in their city or town.

Now that recreational marijuana has been legalized at the state level, 31 municipalities will have a question on the ballot asking voters if a dispensary should be allowed to open there.

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