Voting in Delaware
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To vote in Delaware, you must meet the following requirements:
- United States Citizen
- Resident of Delaware (proof required)
- 18 years of age
- Mentally competent
When and where
The deadline for registration is 24 days before the election. You can register to vote by applying in one of the following ways:
- By Mail
- By Phone
- In Person
- Online form
- Or at any of these State agencies while accessing their services:
- Division of Motor Vehicles
- Department of Health & Social Services
- Department of Labor
As of December 2013, Delaware is one of the 37 states that have not implemented online voter registration. An electronic form may be filled out online, but must be printed, signed and mailed to complete the registration.
|Bill||Introduced||House Vote||Senate Vote||Gubernatorial Action|
|HB 105||April 30, 2013 in Delaware House of Representatives|
Voting on election day
Valid voter ID includes a photo ID, utility bill, paycheck or any other government document with your name and address on it.
- See also: State Poll Opening and Closing Times
You are eligible to vote absentee in an election if you cannot make it to the polls on election day for one of the following reasons:
- Work: The nature of your work prevents you from going to your polling place.
- Public Service: Your service to the United States or to the State of Delaware prevents you from going to your polling place. Spouses or dependents of the person in service also qualify. (Public service includes military, diplomatic, etc.)
- New: Affidavits from military personnel requesting absentee ballots do not require the signature of a Notary or Commissioned Officer.
- Religion: The tenets or teaching of your religion prevent you from going to your polling place.
- Vacation: You are on vacation on election day.
- Illness: you are sick.
- Disability: you are permanently or temporarily disabled.
- Incarcerated: you are incarcerated (not for a felony).
To vote absentee a request must be by the Friday prior to the election. The ballot must then be returned and received by elections officials by 8pm on election day.
Military and overseas voting
For full details, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program here.
Delaware is one of 8 states which allow early voting but require an excuse to vote early. Early voting is offered in the form of absentee in-person voting and is available as soon as absentee ballots are made available up until noon on election day.
To vote early you need to provide an excuse for why you will be unable to vote at the polls during normal voting hours. The following are valid reasons:
- The nature of your work or schooling prevents you from going to your polling place.
- Your service to the United States or to the State of Delaware prevents you from going to your polling place. Spouses or dependents of the person in service also qualify. (Public service includes military, diplomatic, etc.)
- The tenets or teaching of your religion prevent you from going to your polling place on election day.
- You are on vacation on election day.
- You are sick.
- You are permanently or temporarily disabled.
- You are incarcerated (non-felony).