U.S. citizens over the age of 18 are eligible to vote in federal, state, and local elections. In some states and localities, citizens under the age of 18 can pre-register to vote. Brown students are eligible to vote both in Rhode Island and in their home state.
I’m a U.S. citizen currently studying overseas. Can I still vote?
Yes! Visit https://www.overseasvotefoundation.org/vote/home.htm for more information.
Can I vote if I have committed a felony?
Most states, including Rhode Island, restore the right to vote to ex-felons. Visit https://campaignlegal.org/restoreyourvote for more information.
I’m not a U.S. citizen. Can I still vote?
Federal, state, and local elections are limited to U.S. citizens. Students who aren’t citizens that are interested in getting involved in the political process should consider working with campaigns and other political groups instead.
Register to Vote
Brown partners with TurboVote to help community members register to vote. TurboVote also sends community members applications for absentee ballots, absentee ballots, election reminders, and other relevant information.
If you are an incoming First-Year Student (Class of 2024), please register to vote in your home state, since you will not be on campus until the Spring.
Link to voter registration deadlines by state: https://www.campusvoteproject.org/state-student-voting-guides
Use this link to verify your voter registration status: https://www.vote.org/am-i-registered-to-vote/
Your state’s Secretary of State should also provide registration resources on their website if you prefer to go directly through them: https://www.eac.gov/sites/default/files/eac_assets/1/6/Federal_Voter_Registration_ENG.pdf