Delaware Election Information

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September 15, 2020 Gubernatorial/Non-Presidential Primary

Voter Registration Deadlines & Important Dates
  • August 22: Voter registration deadline
  • August 31: Voter registration deadline for uniformed service members and citizens living outside the United States
  • September 9: Deadline to request an absentee ballot
  • September 14: Noon deadline for Department of Elections County Offices to issue absentee ballots
  • September 15: Deadline to return completed absentee ballot by 8:00 pm

Polls are open from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm. Only those already registered can vote.

2020 Presidential, Federal and State Primary Election: August 11, 2020 (rescheduled due to COVID-19)

  • Deadlines vary depending on type of voter registration
  • Election In-Person Voter Registration Deadline: August 10, 2020 by 12:00 p.m.
  • Online Voter Registration Deadline: August 6, 2020
  • Mail-In Voter Registration Deadline: Postmarked August 6, 2020

For more 2020 election information, visit the Delaware Secretary of State website.

November 3, 2020 General Election

Voter Registration Deadlines & Important Dates
  • October 10: Voter registration deadline
  • October 19: Voter registration deadline for uniformed service members and citizens living outside the United States
  • October 30: Deadline for the Department of Elections Offices to mail absentee ballots
  • November 2: Noon deadline for Department of Elections County Offices to issue absentee ballots
  • September 3: Deadline to return completed absentee ballot by 8:00 pm

Polls are open from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm. Only those already registered can vote.

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When You Can Vote

Election Day:

Polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Election Day.

Delaware does not currently allow “no-excuse” early voting but you may vote by absentee ballot prior to the election if you qualify for absentee voting.

Commencing in 2022, however, Delaware will permit “no-excuse” early voting for up to 10 days before an election.

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Where You Can Vote

How to Find Your Polling Place:  Visit the State of Delaware’s polling place locator web page at:

https://ivote.de.gov/voterlogin.aspx

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Registering to Vote

Registration Deadlines:

You must register on or before the fourth Saturday before a general election, presidential primary election, or other primary election.

The registration deadline for the Presidential Primary is June 13, 2020.  The registration deadline for the Gubernatorial/Non-Presidential Primary is August 22, 2020.

The registration deadline for the 2020 General Election is Saturday, October 10th, 2020.  Mail-in applications postmarked by October 10 will be considered on time.

How to Check Your Registration:  Use https://ivote.de.gov/voterlogin.aspx or call 866-OUR-VOTE. 

Registration Eligibility:  In order to be eligible to register in Delaware, you must:

  • Be a citizen of the United States;
  • Be a bona fide resident of Delaware, which means that Delaware is your home (even if you are homeless or do not have a fixed residence);
  • Be at least 18 years old on or before Election Day;
  • Not convicted of a disqualifying felony (murder or manslaughter (except vehicular homicide), offenses against public administration involving bribery or abuse of office, and sexual offenses);
  • Not currently serving a sentence for any other felony (including imprisonment, parole, work release, early release, supervised custody, and probation and community supervision);
  • Not declared mentally incompetent through a judicial proceeding; and
  • Not registered to vote in another state.

There is no duration of residence requirement in Delaware; you may register to vote the first day that you move to the state.

 

How to Register:  Delaware does not have automatic voter registration.  Delaware residents may register online, by mail, or in person at certain government offices.

To register online, visit Delaware’s Register to Vote website at https://ivote.de.gov/default.aspx.  Online registration may still require you to print, sign, and mail applications.

To register by mail, you may request the registration form from your County’s Department of Elections office and return the form to that office.  A list of offices is available at https://elections.delaware.gov/locations.shtml.

You may also register to vote in person at several state agencies, including DMV offices offering driver license and state ID services, Department of Elections offices, the Department of Health & Social Services (when applying for services), the Department of Labor:  Division of Training and Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, and some Social Security offices.

Identification Required for Registration:  In order to register, you must provide either a valid Delaware driver’s license or Delaware state identification number.  If you do not have a Delaware driver’s license or a Delaware identification number, you must provide a valid social security number. 

If you are registering to vote by mail, and it is the first time that you have registered to vote in Delaware, you must submit a copy of one of the following with your application:

  • A current and valid photo identification;
  • A current utility bill;
  • A current bank statement;
  • A current government check;
  • A current paycheck; or
  • Any other current government issued document that shows your name and address.

If you do not provide one of the above forms of identification when you register, you must provide such identification the first time you vote in a federal election.

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Voting Early & by Absentee Ballot

If You Want to Vote Early

Delaware does not have early voting, however, you may vote by absentee ballot prior to the election, if you qualify for an absentee ballot.

If You Want to Vote Absentee

Requests for absentee ballots may be made online at https://ivote.de.gov/.

 

In Person:  If you qualify for an absentee ballot, you may vote absentee in person at the Department of Elections for your County.  Contact the Department of Elections for your County to determine the hours for voting and availability of absentee ballots.  The last day to vote absentee in person is 12:00 P.M. on the day prior to the election.

By Mail:  You may also request an absentee ballot be mailed to you.  The Department of Elections office for your County must receive the voter’s absentee ballot before the polls close on Election Day in order for the ballot to be counted.

You can qualify to vote by absentee ballot if any of the following applies to you:

  • You are a U.S. Citizen in public service of the United States or Delaware, including in the armed forces, merchant marines, or American Red Cross (or such person’s spouse or dependent residing with or accompanying such person), and you are absent from Delaware due to your service;
  • The nature of your business or occupation (including the business of providing care to your parent, spouse, or child who is living at home and requires constant care due to illness, disability or injury);
  • You are sick or physically disabled;
  • You are absent from your polling location because you are on vacation;
  • You are unable to vote at a certain time or on a certain day due to your religious beliefs;
  • You are otherwise authorized by federal law, including the federal Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act to vote by absentee ballot.

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Identification Requirements

Identification Requirements to Cast a Ballot

Photo identification is not required to vote in Delaware. Upon entering the voting room, you will be asked to present identification, but if you do not have identification, you may sign an affidavit that you are the person listed on the voting rolls, and you will then be permitted to vote by regular ballot. If your eligibility to vote at the applicable election district cannot be determined, you will be permitted to vote by provisional ballot. In order for your provisional ballot to count, you must provide identification.

VoteRiders has created Delaware voter ID info cards in English and in Spanish.

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If You Have Moved Within Your State

Moving within the Same County

If you have moved within the same county, you may vote either at the polling place where you are registered or at the polling place for your new residence or address.

Moving Between Counties

If you have moved between counties, you can try to vote at the polling place where you are registered, but if your vote is challenged on the basis of your residency, you will be permitted to vote at the polling place for your new residence or address. When moving, it is advisable to update your voter registration information as soon as possible at https://ivote.de.gov/voterlogin.aspx.

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If You Are in the Military or Are an Overseas Voter

Military and other overseas citizens may use the standard procedure for absentee voting, but there are also special provisions for members of the U.S. Armed Forces and merchant marine, commissioned corps of the Public Health Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, along with family members of all these groups, and other citizens who reside outside the United States (together these groups are called UOCAVA voters).

Registering and Requesting an Absentee Ballot

UOCAVA voters can use the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) to register to vote and to request an absentee ballot.  Visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program’s (FVAP) Delaware page at https://www.fvap.gov/delaware.

UOCAVA voters may also register to vote and request an absentee ballot through Delaware’s uniformed service and overseas citizen voter website at https://ivote.de.gov/absenteesvc.aspx.  Additional information is available at https://elections.delaware.gov/services/voter/absentee/uocava.shtml.

Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot

The Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (FWAB) is a back-up ballot that can be used by UOCAVA voters. You can use this FWAB whether you are located inside or outside the United States (including APO and FPO addresses), provided that you are away from your voting residence for service-related activities. For specific instructions, visit https://www.fvap.gov/guide/chapter2/delaware.

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If You Have a Felony Conviction

As noted above, you are able to register to vote even if you have been convicted of a felony, but only if you:

(1) have not been convicted of a “disqualifying felony” (murder or manslaughter (except vehicular homicide), offenses against public administration involving bribery or abuse of office, and sexual offenses); and

(2) are not currently serving a sentence for any other felony (including imprisonment, parole, work release, early release, supervised custody, and probation and community supervision).

To determine whether you are eligible to register to vote, contact the Department of Elections at (302) 739-4277.

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