CD1 voter registration deadline is Sunday

Voters who want to change parties to vote in Sept. 5 primary must do so by Sunday as well

By: - August 4, 2023 1:52 pm

An official ballot drop box is shown across from Town Hall on the Little Compton Town Common with the United Congregational Church of Little Compton in the background. Early voting for the Sept. 5 CD1 primary is Aug. 16 through Sept. 4. (Janine L. Weisman/Rhode Island Current)

Planning to vote in the Sept. 5 primary for Rhode Island’s 1st Congressional District? Sunday, Aug. 6 is the registration deadline for the first-leg of the special election to replace David Cicilline, who stepped down at the end of May.

It is also the final day voters can change party affiliation for the primary. If you are affiliated with a specific political party, you may only vote in that party’s primary. 

Twelve candidates are running in the Democratic primary and two Republican candidates will square off in their party’s race.

Unaffiliated voters, also known as independents, can vote in either party’s primary, but automatically become affiliated with either the Democrats or Republicans for that election. Independents can change their status back to unaffiliated by completing a form before leaving the polls, or so at a later date.

To register to vote or switch party affiliation, visit your local board of canvassers’ office or go online at

The 1st Congressional District consists of the 19 municipalities: Barrington, Bristol, Central Falls, Cumberland, East Providence, Jamestown, Lincoln, Little Compton, Middletown,  North Providence, Newport, Pawtucket, Portsmouth, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Tiverton, Warren, and Woonsocket. 

The district covers parts of Providence, including the East Side and South Side, and a portion of downtown. To check if you are registered to vote, look up your address at

Early voting for the congressional primary begins Aug. 16 and runs through Sept. 4, the day before the primary.

Sunday is also the deadline to register for primaries for State Senate District 1 and the Foster Town Council. The special election for Ward 6 for Cranston City Council does not have a primary, according to the Rhode Island Secretary of State’s Office.

Local voter registration form drop-off locations open on Sunday, Aug. 6   

City/Town  Voter Registration Drop Off Locations   Hours 
Barrington  Police Station – 100 Federal Road  Until 4 p.m. 
Bristol   Police Department – 395 Metacom Ave. 1-4 p.m. 
Central Falls  Police Department – 160 Illinois St. Until 4 p.m. 
Cumberland  Police Department – 1379 Diamond Hill Road 1-4 p.m. 
East Providence   City Hall Drop Box – 145 Taunton Ave.  12-4 p.m. 
Foster Town Hall Drop Box – 181 Howard Hill Road 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Jamestown  Town Hall – 93 Narragansett Ave. 1-4 p.m. 
Lincoln   Police Department – 100 Old River Road  1-4 p.m.  
Little Compton  Public Safety Complex – 60 Simmons Road 1-4 p.m.  
Middletown  Middletown Police Station – 123 Valley Road 8 a.m -4 p.m. 
Newport  City Hall (Drop Box on Bull Street) – 43 Broadway Until 4 p.m. 
North Providence  Public Safety Complex – 1835 Mineral Spring Ave. 1- 4 p.m. 
North Smithfield  Police Station – 575 Smithfield Road 1-4 p.m. 
Pawtucket  Dagget Farm, Slater Park, 451 Newport Ave. 10 a.m. -2 p.m. 
Portsmouth  Town Hall – 2200 East Main Road  8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. 
Providence  Public Safety Complex – 325 Washington St. 1-4 p.m. 
Smithfield  Police Department – 215 Pleasant View Ave. 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 
Tiverton  Police Department – 20 Industrial Way 1-4 p.m. 
Warren  Police Station – 1 Joyce St.  8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 
Woonsocket  Police Station – 242 Clinton St.  1-4 p.m. 


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Christopher Shea
Christopher Shea

Christopher Shea covers politics, the criminal justice system and transportation for the Rhode Island Current.