Rhode Island -Open Primaries
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Primary Elections State By State



  • Democratic congressional and state primaries: mixed
  • Republican congressional and state primaries: mixed
  • Democratic Presidential primary: mixed
  • Republican Presidential primary: mixed


Primary Type Definitions



  • Voters may or may not choose to affiliate with a political party, however, affiliation with a party is required to vote in primary elections.
  • 48% of Rhode Island voters are registered as independent.


Details of voting in congressional and state primary elections:

  • Unaffiliated voters may participate in one party’s primary, but this choice makes them registered members of that party.
  • In order to disaffiliate, the voter must file a “Change of Party Designation” form. The change takes 90 days to go into effect, but a voter can submit the form at the polling place after casting their vote. 
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published this page in What's happening in your state? 2015-06-10 18:14:02 -0400