Voting in Delaware
Voting in 2014 Primaries
Ballot access for major and minor party candidates
Absentee voting • Early voting
Open Primary • Closed Primary • Blanket Primary
Online voter registration in the 50 states
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 July 2014, Delaware is one of the 35 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
- 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:
- 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 by the Friday prior to the election. The ballot must then be returned and received by elections officials by noon on election day.
Military and overseas voting
For full details, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program here.
- 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 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).
- Office of the State Election Commissioner, "Eligibility Requirements," accessed June 10, 2014
- Office of the State Election Commissioner, "Register to Vote," accessed June 10, 2014
- DMV.org, "Voter Registration in Delaware," accessed June 10, 2014
- Delmarva Public Radio, "Same Day Voter Registration Bill Introduced in Delaware," May 1, 2013
- Office of the State Election Commissioner, "How to Vote," accessed June 10, 2014
- Delaware Code, "Title 15, Chapter 49," accessed January 3, 2014
- State of Delaware, "Affidavit for Absentee Ballot," accessed December 18, 2013
- State of Delaware Website, "Absentee Voting for Delaware Citizens," accessed December 18, 2013
- Long Distance Voter, "Early Voting Rules: Delaware," accessed December 18, 2013