Voting in Delaware
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- 1 Registration
- 2 Voting on Election Day
- 3 Absentee voting
- 4 Early voting
- 5 Recent news
- 6 See also
- 7 External links
- 8 References
For full information about voting in Delaware, contact your state election agency.
To vote in Delaware, an elector must meet the following requirements:
- He or she must be a United States citizen.
- He or she must be a resident of Delaware.
- He or she must be 18 years of age by Election Day.
- He or she must be mentally competent.
- He or she must not be a convicted felon.
When and where
The deadline for registration is 24 days before the election. An eligible elector can register to vote by applying in one of the following ways:
- by mail
- by phone
- in person
- at any of the following state agencies
- Division of Motor Vehicles
- Department of Health and Social Services
- Department of Labor
As of February 2015, Delaware is one of 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
- See also: Voter identification laws by state
All voters are required to provide identification. Valid identification includes a photo ID, utility bill, paycheck or any other government document featuring the voter's name and address.
- 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.
A request to vote absentee 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 14 states that do not allow traditional early voting. Instead, 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
- The State of Delaware, "Frequently asked questions on voting," accessed January 26, 2015
- 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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