Can felons vote in Rhode Island

Can Felons Vote in Rhode Island

Below you will find information on voting rights for felons in Rhode Island. Where possible we have tried to simplify the answer as much as possible for you and give you the most direct answer of whether felons can vote in Rhode Island.

You will also find links to Rhode Island state operated websites for additional information, and links to information on restoring your right to vote in Rhode Island.


  • A referendum question passed on November 7, 2006 election states that “No person who is incarcerated in a correctional facility upon a felony conviction shall be permitted to vote until such person is discharged from the facility. Upon discharge, such person’s right to vote shall be restored.”
  • If you have not been convicted of a felony but are incarcerated in a correctional facility, you are eligible to register to vote, and to vote by absentee ballot.
  • Rhode Island Voter Registration: http://www.elections.state.ri.us/voting/registration.php
  • Rhode Island Pardons: Rhode Island does not have a formal application process. For more details contact the Governor’s office at 401-222-2080