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 the state election agency.

Registration

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, an elector must meet the following requirements:[1]

  • 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:[2]

  • by mail
  • by phone
  • in person
  • on
  • at any of the following state agencies
  • Division of Motor Vehicles
  • Department of Health and Social Services
  • Department of Labor

Online registration

See also: Online voter registration in the 50 states

As of May 2015, Delaware is one of 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

Voter identification

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.[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

Eligibility

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.

Deadlines

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.[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 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.[9]

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