Local Elections

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

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

State Referenda Special Election

Please Note: Only Precinct 203 and 205 will be open for the Special Election on Tuesday, March 2, 2021. These polling locations will be open between the hours of 7:00 PM and 8:00 PM.

Precinct Poll Location Senate Rep.
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

Contact Us

Address: 10 Court Street, Bristol, RI 02809
Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday | 8:00AM – 4:00PM

Melissa Cordeiro

Town Clerk

Phone: 401-253-7000 ext.130

Melanie Wolfe

Senior Clerk

Phone: 401-253-7000