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TrustedSources: Election 2020

In this LibGuide you will find resources related to the 2020 Presidential Election.

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RWU Students Voting in Rhode Island FAQ's

Election season is in full swing! The Rhode Island presidential primary takes place on Tuesday, June 2, 2020. The 2020 general election is on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. 

Click here for a full list of state primaries and caucus schedules.

Voter registration processes vary from state to state.  That makes sending out one, cohesive email with ALL of the information that ALL students need about registering to vote IMPOSSIBLE!

So, we ask that you read the following information carefully!

The Feinstein Center has collected information and resources to make voter registration easier.  Our office is located in the farmhouse across from the lower commons.

Please visit or contact us at for information or visit, which also provides state-specific information. ­­­

If you have not secured an absentee ballot and are not traveling home to vote on Election Day, voting in RI may be for you. 



Anyone can register on election day to vote (president only).

You may not register at the polls on election day.

This MUST be done at the town hall where you live (Bristol, 10 Court Street).

FAQs regarding students who want to register to vote in Rhode Island:

Q:           How should I fill in the “home address” line?

A:            You must register to vote with your actual street address. 

  • If you live on the main Bristol campus, put “1 Old Ferry Road”, Bristol, RI  02809.
  • If you live at Almeida, put #201 Bayview Avenue, Bristol, RI  02809.
  • If you live at Baypoint, put #144 Anthony Road, Portsmouth, RI 02871
  • If you live off-campus, put your complete off-campus address.

Q:           How do I fill in the Mailing Address line?

A:            If you have an RWU mailbox, put your usual mailing address.  If you receive mail at another location, like an off-campus apartment, you must put that address.  Your residency will be verified by the town clerk by mailing you a confirmation card.  If the card is “returned to sender”, this will nullify your registration.  

Q:           I can’t provide my RI license number because I don’t have one.  What do I do?

                Use the last 4 digits of your social security number.

Q:           Where will I vote if I register in RI?

A:            Students living on the main campus will vote on campus in North Residence Hall. 

                Students living at Baypoint will vote in Portsmouth and will be advised of their polling place by mail from the Portsmouth Town Clerk’s Office.

                Students living at Almeida or other Bristol addresses will be advised of their polling place by mail from the  Bristol Town Clerk’s Office.

Q:           Will registering to vote in RI affect my financial aid award?

A:            It is highly unlikely BUT we strongly encourage you to speak to a representative in Financial  Aid or contact your parents so you can make an informed decision!