Secretary Gorbea Reminds Rhode Islanders: Mail Ballot Applications are due October 18

ROVIDENCE, RI – Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea is reminding Rhode Islanders
that they have until 4 p.m. on Tuesday, October 18, to apply for a mail
ballot for the
November 8 General Election.

“As a working mom, I have had election days when I’ve had to run from work to be
with the kids and then found myself barely able to make it to my polling place in
time,” Gorbea said. “Voting by mail helps you plan ahead and not have to choose
between voting on Election Day and your busy life.”

Already over 20,000 people have applied for a mail ballot. Eligible voters may
download a mail ballot
application or
contact their local board of canvassers to request one. Completed applications must
be returned to their local boards of canvassers by 4 p.m. Tuesday, October 18.

Once eligible voters obtain their mail ballots, they can mark their ballot, complete
the oath envelope, and mail or hand deliver their ballot to the State Board of
Elections by 8 p.m. on Election Day.

If emergency circumstances arise after the regular mail ballot application deadline,
voters can apply for an emergency ballot at their local board of canvassers. Voters
can vote with an emergency ballot until 4 p.m. on Monday, November 7.

Voters should contact their local board of
if they need help with voting and/or witnessing their ballot.

For more information about voting by mail or this year’s election, visit
or call (401) 222-2340.