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Delaware Absentee Ballot Process

To vote absentee, you must submit an affidavit to request a ballot and swear or affirm that you are unable to go to your regular polling place during the election. The affidavit can be obtained by phoning or writing the Department of Elections in your county or by downloading it from the Delaware Secretary of State website.

Some affidavit requests require notarization. Requests for affidavits that require notarization:

  • Work: The nature of your business or occupation, including students living out of county of their residence
  • Vacation
  • Religion: The tenets or teaching of your religion preclude voting on Election Day
  • 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.
  • Illness
  • Disability: You are permanently or temporarily disabled
  • Incarceration: you are incarcerated but not a convicted felon

The absentee ballot is usually mailed out 35 days before a primary and 45 days before a general election. When returning the absentee ballot remember to read all the instructions and to sign and date the voucher and envelope. All absentee ballots must be recieved by 8pm on Election Day in order to be counted.

You can check the status of your affidavit and your ballot here.

Overseas citizens and U.S. military personnel can find information on how to register to vote and request an absentee ballot at the Overseas Vote Foundation.

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