New dates listed for voters to obtain free IDs


Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis has released the dates of upcoming Voters ID events.

This year, poll workers will ask voters to show a current and valid photo ID when they vote at their polling place.

“Voter ID strengthens the public’s faith in the integrity of our elections by enabling poll workers to match a voter’s face to the name they give at the polls,” said Mollis. “Leading up to this year’s elections, and beyond, I want the public to be aware of all upcoming dates and convenient locations where they may obtain free Voter IDs from our office.”

Below is a list of upcoming dates and places where the public may obtain a free Voter ID:

July 22: New Shoreham Community Center, 12 to 2 p.m.

July 23: Richmond Senior Center, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

July 24: Coventry Town Hall, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

July 25: Cumberland Senior Center, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

July 30: Central Falls City Hall, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Aug. 5: South Kingstown Senior Center, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Aug. 6: EPOCH Assisted Living, Providence (Blackstone Boulevard), 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Aug. 7: EPOCH Assisted Living, East Side (Butler Avenue), 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Aug. 28: Jesse M. Smith Library, Burrillville, 12 to 2 p.m.

It’s important to note, no eligible voter will be turned away at the polls. Voters who do not bring an acceptable ID to their polling place can vote using a standard Provisional Ballot. The ballot will be counted if the signature they give at their polling place matches the signature on their voter registration. Also, mail ballots do not require ID.

You will not need a Voter ID card if you already have a valid and current photo ID.  

Poll workers will accept the following valid and current photo IDs:

R.I. driver’s license

U.S. passport

ID card issued by an educational institution in the United States

U.S. military identification card

ID card issued by the U.S. government or state of Rhode Island, like a RIPTA bus pass

Government issued medical card

R.I. Voter ID

Registered voters who don’t have an acceptable current and valid photo ID can get a free Voter ID at our office in Providence at 148 West River St. during normal business hours (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.). We will also come to your community.  To invite us to provide free Voter IDs at your organization or event, contact us at 222-2340, TTY 711 or


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