The following article was updated with corrections on April 23, 2020.\u00a0\n\nPROVIDENCE, R.I. \u2014 The COVID-19 pandemic has upended virtually every aspect of life, including the upcoming presidential preference primary. Rep. Lauren H. Carson is reminding voters that the primary date has changed, and that there are also changes to the mail ballot system as a result of the crisis.\nThe state has moved the date of the primary from April 28 to June 2. In another change, the Secretary of State\u2019s office is mailing every registered voter a mail ballot application and a postage-paid envelope in which to return it, in an effort to run a \u201cmostly mail ballot\u201d primary. Those who return the mail ballot application by the application deadline \u2014 May 19 \u2014 will receive their ballot in the mail, along with another postage-paid envelope to return it once they\u2019ve filled it out.\nThose voting by mail will be required to sign the ballot\u00a0envelope\u00a0and\u00a0have the option\u00a0affix either their Rhode Island driver\u2019s license number or the last four digits of their Social Security number.\u00a0The Board of Elections\u00a0will confirm all signatures to validate authenticity of voters. Ballots must be returned by June\u00a02\u00a0at 8 p.m.\nPolling places will still be open June 2 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. (noon to 8 p.m. in New Shoreham) for those who do not vote by mail.\n\u201cAlthough the presidential candidates are pretty clear by now, Rhode Islanders still deserve and are guaranteed the right to vote for the candidate of their choice\u2026.This voting plan, endorsed by the\u00a0Rhode Island State Board of Elections, has created a mail voting system with checks and balances that I support,\u201d said Representative Carson (D-Dist. 75, Newport, in a recent message to constituents. \u201cKeep in mind that elections are labor intensive events and many of the election staff and poll volunteers are committed citizens over 60 years of age, and they are the most vulnerable in the pandemic.\u00a0 Additionally, there will be limited polls open, complicating this vote.\u201d\nThe deadline for voter registration is now May 3. May 4 is the deadline for disaffiliation from a political party, which is required for voters who are affiliated with a party but wish to vote in another party\u2019s primary.\nFor more information about voting or to check your voter registration or party affiliation status, visit\u00a0vote.sos.ri.gov. Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea has also posted a brief video about the changes, viewable\u00a0here.\nFor information on elections by mail nationwide, Representative Carson suggested voters read this\u00a0article\u00a0from the National Conference on State Legislatures.