Rhode Island has semi-closed primaries. That means you MUST register with your party or as undeclared should you wish to vote for your candidate in the primary. You must register to vote along with your party affiliation at least 30 days before the primary! Further, if you wish to change parties to vote in an opposing primary, Rhode Island has a special deadline to change your affiliation, January 26. That is only 8 days away as of the writing of this blog post.
Voter turnout in presidential primaries is notoriously low, which means your vote counts more than ever. The best way to support your candidate is to get out and vote for them, first in the primaries, and then in the general election. Here are the important dates to know if you wish to vote in the presidential primaries in the state of Rhode Island.
PRIMARY election day: Tuesday, April 26, 2016
REGISTER BY: Saturday, March 26, 2016
CHANGE AFFILIATION BY: Tuesday, January 26, 2016 (8 days away!)
Interested in learning how to register to vote in Rhode Island? Check out our previous post here.
Post Author: James Tanch, a medical student at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University and Director of Technology and Blog Editor for Citizen Physicians.