Delaware

Upcoming Elections

Oct. 10, 2020 – Voter Registration Deadline

Voting in Delaware

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.  

Where You Can Vote

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

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 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 this site or call 866-OUR-VOTE.

Visit the State of Delaware’s https://elections.delaware.gov/index.shtml

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

  • A citizen of the United States;
  • 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);
  • 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 here.  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 here

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.  Please note that some of these offices may be closed or operating on a limited schedule due to COVID-19.

 

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 are registering 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.

Voting Early & by Absentee Ballot

If You Want to Vote Early

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

If You Want to Vote Absentee or by Mail

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.

Any registered voter is eligible to vote by mail.

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

In Person:   If you qualify for an absentee ballot, you may be able to 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.  General hours are between 8:30 A.M. and 4:00 P.M. on normal business days.  The last day to vote absentee in person is 12:00 P.M. on the day prior to the election, or during extended hours as posted on the Department’s website.  

If you have already received an absentee ballot, but want to vote in person on Election Day, please contact the Department of Elections for your County and request to cancel the absentee ballot.  When you arrive at the polling place, inform the poll worker that you have requested an absentee ballot.  The poll worker will look up your voting status on the pollbook.  If you requested an absentee ballot, but did not return it, the poll worker will contact the Department to cancel the absentee ballot and you will be permitted to vote at the polling place.  If your ballot has already been returned to the Department and is being prepared to be counted, you will not be permitted to vote at the polling place.  

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.  November 3, 2020 at 8:00 P.M. is the deadline for the Department’s office to receive the absentee ballot in order for it to be counted. Any registered voter is eligible to vote by mail. 

Drop Off Locations:  You may return a completed ballot by dropping it off to the Department of Elections for your County.  If you need assistance dropping off your completed ballot, you may have someone else return the completed ballot to the Department’s office in your county.   November 3, 2020 at 8:00 P.M. is the deadline for the Department’s office to receive the absentee ballot in order for it to be counted.

Lost or Spoiled Ballots: If you make a mistake or “spoil” your ballot, and have not yet cast the ballot, you have the right to receive a replacement ballot after returning the spoiled ballot.  You should contact the Department of Elections for your County if you have spoiled, lost or received an incorrect ballot.  

Non-Receipt of Ballot: If you have requested an absentee ballot but have not received it, you should contact the Department of Elections for your County.  Alternatively, you may fill out and send in a Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB).  The FWAB can be used to register to vote and to vote.  If you are using a FWAB, it must meet the following Federal Election Deadlines.

  • Registration: 
    • By Mail: Postmarked by October 19, 2020.  
    • By Email or Fax: Received by October 19, 2020.
  • Ballot Request: 
    • Request Mail Ballot: Received by October 30, 2020.
    • Request Email/Online or Fax Ballot: Received by 12 PM eastern time, Nov. 2, 2020.
  • Ballot Return: 
    • Received by 8 PM eastern time, November 3, 2020

Additional information concerning absentee voting is available here. 

Mail Ballots:  Due to COVID-19, you may also cast your vote by mail.  Unlike absentee voting, you do not need a reason to request a vote by mail ballot.  The Department of Elections office for your County must receive the voter’s ballot before the polls close on Election Day in order for the ballot to be counted.

Additional information concerning voting by mail is available here. 

Identification Requirements to Cast a Ballot

Photo identification is not required to vote in Delaware.  When appearing to vote, you will be asked to present proof of your identity, 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 subsequently provide valid identification.

If both (1) it is your first time voting at a polling place in the State, and (2) you registered to vote by mail and your application did not include the required identification documentation, at the polling place you must provide a valid photo identification or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that shows your name and address.

If You Have Moved Within Your State or Do Not Have a Fixed Residence

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 here.

Without a Fixed Residence

Anyone lacking a fixed residence or who is homeless and is otherwise qualified to vote in Delaware may register by completing the proper registration forms and providing two pieces of identification containing his/her name; one of the pieces must include the mailing address on the application, which may be a shelter or agency.

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 here.

UOCAVA voters may also register to vote and request an absentee ballot through Delaware’s uniformed service and overseas citizen voter website here.  Additional information is available here.

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 Army Post Office and Fleet Post Office addresses), provided that you are away from your voting residence for service-related activities.  For specific instructions, visit here.

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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