Voting in Delaware
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For full information about voting in Delaware, contact your state election agency.
To vote in Delaware, you must:
- 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:
- By mail
- By phone
- In person
- "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 January 2015, Delaware is one of the 20 states that have implemented full online voter registration. Residents can register online at this website.
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.
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."
- 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 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.
Military and overseas voting
For full details regarding military and overseas voting, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program.
- 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.
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Elections in Delaware
- Delaware elections, 2016
- Delaware elections, 2015
- Delaware elections, 2014
- Delaware elections, 2013
- Delaware elections, 2012
- Office of the State Election Commissioner , "Qualifications," accessed January 21, 2015
- Office of the State Election Commissioner, "Register to Vote," accessed June 10, 2014
- Delmarva Public Radio, "Same Day Voter Registration Bill Introduced in Delaware," May 1, 2013
- Delaware Public Media, "Same day voter registration supporters criticize State Senate for failure to vote on bill," July 1, 2014
- 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
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