Providence, RI – Today Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea announced new deadlines for Rhode Island's Presidential Preference Primary, which was delayed to June 2 due to health concerns regarding the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.
"To ensure that all Rhode Islanders can cast a ballot in a safe and secure manner, the Presidential Preference Primary will be a predominantly mail ballot election," said Secretary Gorbea. "In the coming weeks, my office will send all registered Rhode Island voters a mail ballot application."
The most important deadline changes for voters to know right now are the deadlines to register to vote or change party affiliation:
• May 3, 2020: Voter registration deadline (previously Sunday, March 29.) • May 4, 2020: Party disaffiliation deadline (previously Monday, March 30.)
Rhode Island voters affiliated with a party may only vote in that party's primary, but unaffiliated voters may vote in either the Democratic or Republican primary. Voters are encouraged to visit vote.ri.gov to register to vote or to verify that their information is up to date to ensure that mail ballot applications are sent to the correct address. If voters cannot find their information on our website, please contact our Elections Division at 401-222-2340.
Secretary Gorbea will update the full Presidential Preference Primary Calendar as dates continue to be finalized.