Delaware elections, 2013

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1 Voting in Delaware
1.1 Important voting information
1.2 Voting absentee
1.3 Voting early
2 Elections Performance Index
3 See also
4 References


Delaware election information for 2013 is listed below.

On the 2013 ballot
No regularly scheduled elections in Delaware.
Exceptions include special elections.
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Voting in Delaware

See also: Voting in Delaware
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Important voting information

  • Delaware uses a closed primary system, meaning voters must register with a party to be able to vote in their primary election.
  • The deadline for registration is 24 days before the election.
  • As of December 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.[1]

Voting absentee

See also: Absentee voting by state

For information about eligibility, deadlines, military and overseas voting and updates to the voting laws in Delaware, please visit our absentee voting by state page.

Voting early

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.[2]

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:[2]

  • 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).

Elections Performance Index

See also: Pew Charitable Trusts' Elections Performance Index

Delaware ranked 6th out of the 50 states and District of Columbia in the Pew Charitable Trusts' Elections Performance Index (EPI), based on the 2012 elections. The EPI examines election administration performance and assigns an average percentage score based on 17 indicators of election performance. These indicators were chosen in order to determine both the convenience and integrity of these three phases of an election: registration, voting and counting. Delaware received an overall score of 73 percent.[3]

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