The Board of Canvassers is a citizen-run group charged with the running of the local election(s). The Town Clerk’s office is responsible for maintaining the records, such as ballots and voter information.
Bristol Primary Elections occurs every two years on the second Tuesday of September*.
Bristol General Elections occur every two years on the first Tuesday of November*.
State Referenda Special Election Information
Election Day – Tuesday, March 2nd, 2021
Voter Information Handbook
Click below to review the guide to the State Referenda
and voting procedures in Rhode Island.
Registration Deadline – The voting registration deadline for the special election is Sunday, January 31st, 2021.
Voter Registration Event – The Board of Canvassers will be open Sunday, January 31, 2021, at the Bristol Police Department at 395 Metacom Avenue, Bristol, from 1:00PM until 4:00PM for the purpose of registering to vote and changing an address in order to be eligible to vote for the Rhode Island Special Election to be held on Tuesday, March 2, 2021.
Online Voter Registration – New registration, name and address updates, and party changes can also be submitted online at vote.ri.gov until 11:59PM on January 31, 2021.
Mail Ballot Application Deadline – Tuesday, February 9th, 2021 at 4:00 PM.
The Secretary of State will be mailing all active registered voters a mail ballot application in late January with an included postage-paid return envelope.
You can submit a mail ballot application to the Bristol Board of Canvassers, located in Bristol Town Hall, 10 Court Street, Bristol, RI no later than 4:00PM on Tuesday, February 9, 2021.
Please Note: Office hours are Monday-Friday, 8:00AM to 4:00PM at Bristol Town Hall (10 Court Street, Bristol, RI 02809) except on February 15th, when Town Hall will be closed for the President’s Day holiday.
In-Person Emergency Voting – In-Person Emergency “Early” Voting is from February 10th, 2021 to March 1st , 2021 between regular Town Hall (10 Court Street, Bristol, RI 02809) hours (Monday-Friday, 8:00AM to 4:00PM. Emergency “Early” Voting ends on March 1st, 2021 at 4:00 PM.
For further assistance, please contact the Bristol Town Clerk’s Office at 401-253-7000.
Special Election Polling Sites
Bristol is opening limited polling locations for the March 2, 2021 Special Elections.
Bristol registered voters can vote at any of the two polling locations listed below on Tuesday, March 2, 2021 between the hours of 7 a.m. and 8 p.m.:
Bristol Fire Department Headquarters
4 Annawamscutt Drive
Bristol, RI 02809
Quinta- Gamelin Community Center
101 Asylum Road
Bristol, RI 02809
Local Polling Places
|201||Rockwell School||1225 Hope Street||10||68|
|202||St. Michael’s Parish Hall||378 Hope Street||11||68|
|203||Quinta-Gamelin Community Center||101 Asylum Road||32||68|
|204||Mt. Hope High School||199 Chestnut Street||32||68|
|205||Fire Department Headquarters||4 Annawamscutt Drive||10||69|
|206||Guiteras School||35 Washington Street||10||69|
|207||Bristol Maritime Center||127 Thames Street||11||69|
|208||Franklin Court||150 Franklin Street||11||69|
|209||St. Elizabeth Auditorium||577 Wood Street||32||69|
Election Resources & FAQs
When is the voter registration deadline?
Residents must be registered to vote 30 days before an election.
What do I do if I’m not going to be in Town for the election?
1. Download a mail-in ballot application off the Secretary of State’s website or pick up a paper application at Bristol Town Hall.
2. Mail the application to Bristol’s Local Board of Canvassers (Bristol Town Hall) at 10 Court St. Bristol, RI 02809.
To learn more about voting by mail, please visit the Secretary of State’s website by clicking here.
Address: 10 Court Street, Bristol, RI 02809
Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday | 8:00AM – 4:00PM
Phone: 401-253-7000 ext.130