PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — With the general election quickly approaching, Tuesday, Oct. 13, is the deadline to apply for a mail-in ballot in Rhode Island.
The Office of R.I. Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea says applications should be submitted – not postmarked – to your local board of canvassers by 4 p.m.
As of Friday, roughly 150,000 mail ballots had been sent to voters who requested them, according to Gorbea’s office. Anyone who doesn’t receive their packet should call the Elections Division at (401) 222-2340.
New this year, voters can also track the status of their mail ballot on Gorbea’s website.
To be counted, mail ballots must be received by 8 p.m. on Election Day. Those not put in the mail in time can be placed in secure dropboxes located at polling places and city/town halls.
Additionally, early in-person voting in Rhode Island begins Wednesday and continues through Nov. 2.
In Massachusetts, voters have until Oct. 20 to submit an application for a mail ballot, and the early voting period begins on Saturday, Oct. 17.