ROVIDENCE, RI – Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea today announced the official
launch of her new Online Voter Registration (OVR) portal at vote.ri.gov and in
Spanish at vota.ri.gov. With the August 14 voter registration deadline for the
September State Primary just two weeks away, eligible Rhode Island voters can now
securely register to vote or update their registration information online with just
a few clicks.
“When I ran for office, I pledged to Rhode Islanders that I would utilize the latest
technology to modernize elections in our state. I am pleased to make good on that
promise today by launching online voter registration for eligible voters across the
state,” Secretary Gorbea said. “This technology makes it easier for voters to
register to vote and update their voter information while improving the accuracy and
integrity of Rhode Island’s voter rolls.”
Legislation enabling the adoption of OVR in Rhode Island was sponsored this past
legislative session by Senator Gayle L. Goldin and Representative Aaron Regunberg.
Rhode Island joins 31 states, plus the District of Columbia, in offering OVR.
Arizona was the first state to implement such a system in 2002.
The Rhode Island OVR portal, created entirely through in-house efforts, was fully
tested for web accessibility in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act
and meets all guidelines to achieve a Level AA compliance rating.
Sunday, August 14 is the voter registration deadline for the September 13 State
Primary. Voters who have moved or changed their names since they last voted should
check and update their information at vote.ri.gov in order to avoid difficulties at
Anyone with questions regarding their voting status or the elections this fall can
contact the Department of State’s Election Division at 401-222-2340 or by email at