Voting in Delaware

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Delaware permits online voter registration but does not allow no-excuse absentee voting. Early voting is permitted for those who qualify for an absentee ballot. Voters in Delaware should be prepared to present a valid form of identification at the polls.

For full information about voting in Delaware, contact your state election agency.


Delaware uses a closed primary system, meaning voters must register with a party to be able to vote in their primary election.

To vote in Delaware, you must:[1]

  • be a United States citizen
  • be a resident of Delaware
  • be 18 years of age by Election Day
  • be mentally competent
  • not be a convicted felon

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:[2]

  • By mail
  • By phone
  • In person
  • Online
  • "Or at any of these State agencies while accessing their services":
  • Division of Motor Vehicles
  • Department of Health & Social Services
  • Department of Labor

Online registration

See also: Online voter registration in the 50 states

As of January 2015, Delaware is one of the 20 states that have implemented full online voter registration. Residents can register online at this website.

Proposed changes

The 2013 Delaware State Legislature considered a bill that would permit same day voter registration for primaries, special and general elections. The bill passed in the Delaware House of Representatives, but never made it to a vote in the Delaware State Senate.[3][4]

Voting on Election Day

You will need a valid form of identification at the polls on Election Day, especially if you are a first-time voter. Valid voter ID includes "a photo ID, utility bill, paycheck or any other government document with your name and address on it."[5]

Poll times

See also: State Poll Opening and Closing Times

In Delaware, the polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. If the polls close while you are still in line, you will be permitted to vote.[6]

Absentee voting

See also: Absentee voting


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:[7]

  • Work: The nature of your work prevents you from going to your polling place (this includes students).
  • 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, American Red Cross, etc.)
  • International: You are temporarily residing outside of the United States.
  • 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.
  • Incarceration: You cannot make it to the polls because you are incarcerated.


To vote absentee a request must be made no later than four days prior to the election. The ballot must then be returned and received by elections officials by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.[8]

Military and overseas voting

For full details regarding military and overseas voting, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program.

Early voting

See also: Early voting

Delaware is one of eight states that allows early voting but requires 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 must qualify for an absentee ballot. To see the accepted reasons for voting absentee, click here.[9]

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