Voter Registration: Delaware
Registration Deadline: Anytime except after the fourth Saturday before a Primary or General Election through the day of the election. You must register at least 10 days before a Special Election.
Party Affiliation: Delaware has closed primaries, meaning only those voters registered for a certain party may vote in that party's primary. For a primary election, party affiliation can be changed anytime except from the last Saturday in May through the date of the Primary. For presidential primaries, party affiliation can be changed anytime except from the 59th day before the Presidential Primary through the date of the election.
VOTER REGISTRATION QUALIFICATIONS
Age: Must be 18 years of age by the date of the next General Election
Citizenship: Must be a United States citizen
Residency: Must be a resident of Delaware
Mental Competency: You cannot register to vote if you have been adjudged mentally incompetent.
Felony Convictions: A person convicted of a felony may register and vote if he/she meets the following requirements:
-Was not convicted of a disqualifying felony as defined in the Delaware Constitution
-Has completed his/her sentence.
Call the State Election Commissioner's phone number, (302) 739-4277, if you have questions about your eligibility.
OBTAINING A VOTER REGISTRATION FORM
By Mail/Email/Fax: Print this form, fill it out, and mail, email or FAX it along with a copy of your ID to the Department's Office for your county. List of acceptable IDs are Delaware Drivers License or State ID Card, or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that shows the name and address of the voter
By Phone: Call the Department's Office for your county and ask them to mail you an application
In Person: You can register to vote at certain government offices. Click here for more information about the locations you can register to vote.
VERIFYING YOUR VOTER REGISTRATION STATUS
Online: Verify your registration status
ABSENTEE BALLOT QUALIFICATIONS
Who can vote absentee:
In order to vote absentee you must be a person who:
- Is registered to vote;
- Fills out and signs an absentee affidavit;
- Cannot vote on Election Day because of the reason marked on the affidavit.
OBTAINING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT
In person: Get one at the Department of Elections for your county.
By mail: Print and complete the Absentee Ballot Application. Then send it to your county election office.
Military and overseas voting: Guidelines and procedures for Military and Overseas absentee voters.
SUBMITTING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT
In person: If you are registered, you can go to the Department's office in your county: Between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. on normal business days; or Before 12 Noon the day before the election; During extended hours as posted on the Department's office in your county's Web Site. You must show proof of identity and address. You can also return your voted ballot to Department's office in your county
By Mail: You can mail it to the Department's office in your county
VOTING ON ELECTION DAY
Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. for general, special and primary elections.
You do not have to show ID to vote but, poll workers will ask you to show proof of identity. If you do not show ID, you must fill out a form before you can vote. Showing ID makes checking you in faster and reduces mistakes.
Accepted IDs include: IDs may include: Delaware Drivers License or State ID, U. S. Passport, Signed Polling Place or Social Security Card, Signed vehicle registration, Signed credit card with photo, or A similar document that identifies the person by photo or signature.
Verifying Registration: verify your registration status
Deciding how to vote: https://votesmart.org/
Polling Place: Delaware polling place finder
Issues with voting: Click on this link