Sunday: Last Day to Register to Vote

The Barrington Town Hall will be open Sunday, Oct. 7, from 1 to 4 pm so you can register to vote in the Nov. 6 General Election.

You have until tomorrow, Sunday, Oct. 7, to register to vote in November’s election.

Because the deadline falls on a Sunday, the Barrington Town Hall will be open from 1 pm to 4 pm for last-minute registrations.

In addition, Secretary of State Ralph Mollis will open his office at 148 West River St., Providence, from 8:30 am to 4 pm.

Sunday's deadline applies to voters who have moved or changed their name since the last time they voted as well as to new voters. State law requires current voters to re-register under their new name or from their new address in order to be eligible to vote again.

"We worked with every city and town to ensure that everyone who is interested in registering knows where to go and what to do in order to register before the deadline," said Mollis.

To register, you must be at least 18 years old by Nov. 6, a resident of Rhode Island and a U.S. citizen.

In addition to the presidential election, November's ballot will include races for the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives as well as many General Assembly seats and local offices.

Mollis is also reminding voters that they will encounter changes at the polls this year including a new Voter ID requirement, new polling place locations and a new closing time for polls statewide.

Because many cities and towns have moved their polling places due to redistricting, Mollis urges voters to use his website to confirm the location of their polling place ahead of time.

The Nov. 6 election is also the next big test of the state's new Voter ID law. 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 R.I. driver's license, state ID card, RIPTA bus pass, college ID and employee ID.

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 document. Beginning in 2014, only photo ID 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.


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