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RI Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis Announces Important Deadline for Primary Voters

Primary Voters Must Disaffiliate 90 Days Prior to the Primary

PROVIDENCE, RI -- Rhode Island Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis has announced that Wednesday, June 11th, 2014 is the deadline for primary voters to disaffiliate.

Any person intending to vote in a primary must be disaffiliated from any other political party (if a member) at least 90 days prior to the primary.

For example, if you are a registered voter, and voted in any of the 2012 party primaries, you are currently registered in that party. You must disaffiliate from that party if you wish to vote in another party's primary. The political parties in Rhode Island are Democrat, Moderate and Republican. If you are an Unaffiliated/Independent Voter, you may choose the party primary for which you wish to vote, and you will then become a member of that party.

"I want to remind this year's primary voters that the deadline is fast approaching to disaffiliate, so they may be eligible to vote in any primary they choose," said Mollis. "Voters may check which party they are registered with by visiting the Rhode Island Voter Information Center at By visiting this site, voters can also learn more information about their elected officials, check their voter registration status, locate their local board of canvassers, and view sample ballots for upcoming elections as well as learn where their polling place is."

Secretary Mollis is dedicated to promoting voter registration and turnout, maintaining the state's Central Voter Registration System and publishes handbooks that provide crucial dates in the election cycle; as well as explaining how to run for office, and how to register and vote. For more information on the Office of RI Secretary of State, or our Elections Division, please visit our website at

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Department or agency: Office of the Secretary of State


Release date: 05-29-2014

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