Title 17

Chapter 20
Mail Ballots

R.I. Gen. Laws 17-20-23

 17-20-23.  Marking and certification of ballot.

(a) A voter may vote for the candidates of the voter's choice by making a mark in the space provided opposite their respective names.

(b) In case a voter desires to vote upon a question submitted to the vote of the electors of the state, the voter shall mark in the appropriate space associated with the answer that the voter desires to give.

(c) Voters receiving a mail ballot pursuant to 17-20-2(1), (2), and (4) shall mark the ballot in the presence of two (2) witnesses or some officer authorized by the law of the place where marked to administer oaths. Voters receiving a mail ballot pursuant to 17-20-2(3) do not need to have their ballot witnessed or notarized. Except as otherwise provided for by this chapter, the voter shall not allow the official or witnesses to see how he or she marks the ballot and the official or witnesses shall hold no communication with the voter, nor the voter with the official or witnesses, as to how the voter is to vote. Thereafter, the voter shall enclose and seal the ballot in the envelope provided for it. The voter shall then execute before the official or witnesses the certification on the envelope. The voter shall then enclose and seal the certified envelope with the ballot in the envelope addressed to the state board and cause the envelope to be delivered to the state board on or before election day.

(d) These ballots shall be counted only if received within the time limited by this chapter.

(e) There shall be a space provided on the general election ballot to allow the voter to write in the names of persons not in nomination by any party as provided for in 17-19-31 and 17-20-24.

History of Section.
P.L. 1978, ch. 258, 2; P.L. 1991, ch. 143, 1; P.L. 1991, ch. 291, 1; P.L. 1996, ch. 277, 13; P.L. 1996, ch. 298, 13; P.L. 2001, ch. 56, 1; P.L. 2001, ch. 121, 1; P.L. 2011, ch. 190, 1; P.L. 2011, ch. 217, 1; P.L. 2014, ch. 279, 4; P.L. 2014, ch. 280, 4.