Rhode Island

The Ocean State

250,492 absentee ballots were cast in Rhode Island’s 2020 election cycle. Overall 517,757 ballots were cast in the 2020 election, putting overall state turnout at about 63%. The state swung heavily for President Joe Biden, who won its 4 electoral votes with 59.4% of the popular vote. Rhode Island has consistently voted for Democrat presidential candidates since 1988.

Rhode Island has a bicameral legislature with 38 senators and 75 representatives. The legislature is in session annually from January to June, and Democrats have held the majority in both chambers for over 30 years. Rhode Island’s governor, Daniel McKee (R), is up for re-election in 2022.

Election Integrity

In the wake of the 2020 elections and resulting lack of confidence in the outcome, state legislatures across the country reviewed their election laws and proposed and/or enacted certain modifications to existing law. While our country remains bitterly divided, a battle is taking place as to whether these laws suppress the vote or expand access to the ballot box. Many believe claims of voter suppression from the Left are part of a larger effort to federalize our elections. But the U.S. Constitution grants state legislatures authority to establish state election laws.

Learn more about state election law reforms and decide for yourself. Do you want bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. controlling local elections or do you want your state lawmakers to write laws that meet your state’s unique characteristics?

Absentee Ballot Application

 Pre-COVIDDuring 20202021 Legislative Activity
ExcuseIllness/disability, confinement in a hospital, military absence, or other inability to vote at polling place.No ChangesHB6003 (sec. 6) would give every voter the right to vote by mail with no excuse requirement.
AutomaticPermanently incapacitated voters may request an automatic mail ballot application for a period of five years.Mail-in ballot applications were sent to all registered voters in the general election.No Legislative Activity
Deadline21 days before Election Day.No ChangesNo Legislative Activity
Valid for X# of Cycles1No ChangesNo Legislative Activity

Legislative Ratings

The American Conservative Union Foundation rates all members of the legislature to track how they vote on key legislation. A high rating reflects a more conservative voting record.

Rhode Island averages a 24% rating, reflecting its left leaning position. Visit their ratings page to learn more about individual voting and why ACU opposed or supported the legislation.