Voting in Delaware

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This page has information relating to voting in Delaware. For full information contact your 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, you must meet the following requirements:[1]

  • 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:[2]

  • 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

Online registration

See also: Online voter registration in the 50 states

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.[3]

Proposed changes

The 2013 Delaware State Legislature is considering a bill that would permit same day voter registration for primaries, special and general elections.[4]

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.[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 you are in line waiting to vote at closing time, you may cast your vote even if it is done after 8:00 p.m.[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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