Voting in Delaware
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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 April 2015, Delaware is one of 30 states that have not implemented full 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.
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.
- Voter eligibility
- Ways to register
- Delmarva Public Radio, Same Day Voter Registration Bill Introduced in Delaware, May 1, 2013
- Voter ID info
- 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