Rhode Islanders who are living overseas or serving in the military out-of-state are reminded they should begin looking for their mail ballots for this year’s primary.
Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis mailed about 1,000 ballots July 27. Overseas and military voters with access to the Internet can also download their ballot directly from his website at sos.ri.gov/vic. The ballots must be returned to the state Board of Elections by 9 p.m. Sept. 11 in order to be counted.
In addition to asking the public to spread the word, Mollis is also working with the R.I. National Guard to let deployed servicemen and women know that their mail ballots are available.
Only voters who are eligible under the federal Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) will find their ballots online. Mollis introduced the option in 2010.
Accessing the ballot online requires voters to use personal identification information. Once they complete their ballot, voters can return it by fax or mail, just as they have in previous elections.