Delaware Voting Information
- Absentee Ballot Process
- Campaign Finance Information
- Candidate and Ballot Measure Information
- Drop Boxes
- Early Voting
- Election Dates
- Eligibility Requirements
- ID Needed for Voter Registration
- ID Needed for Voting?
- Official Results
- Overseas and Military Voters
- Poll Worker Information
- Polling Place Hours
- Polling Place Locator
- Provisional Voting
- Provisions for Voters with Disabilities
- Registration Deadline
- Time Off To Vote
- Verify Voter Registration
- Voting Machines
Absentee Ballot Process
To vote absentee you must qualify for one of the reasons listed on the Absentee Ballot Request form. Those reasons are:
You are in public service or are a spouse or dependent living with or accompanying the person in public service. This also applies to members of the Uniformed Services.
You cannot make it to the polls due to the nature of your business or occupation. This includes people providing care to a parent, spouse or child living at home and requiring constant care; students; and otherwise eligible people who are incarcerated.
You are sick or temporarily or permanently physically disabled
You are absent from the district while on vacation
Due to the tenets or teachings of your religion
You are temporarily living outside the US or are a spouse or dependent living with the person living outside the US (if you choose this reason you will receive a full primary ballot, however, you will only have the Federal Offices on your General Ballot).
If you choose options 1, 3 or 6 above, you have the ability to make yourself a permanent absentee voter by checking the box on the request form.
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 received by 8pm on Election Day in order to be counted.
Those who requested an absentee ballot but end up voting in person: When voters arrive at their polling place, an election officer (poll worker) will confirm via the pollbook that their VBM ballot has not been returned to the Department. The voter’s unreturned VBM ballot will be voided, and they will be allowed to vote in person at the polling place.
Delawareans can also request either absentee or mail-in ballots at the Department of Elections voter portal, ivote.de.gov. More information about Delaware mail-in and absentee balloting in 2020 can be found on the Delaware Department of Elections Website, under the "Vote by Mail" or "Vote by Absentee Ballot" headings.
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.Request your Ballot
Campaign Finance Information
Candidate and Ballot Measure Information
You may vote by absentee ballot in-person at your local election official's office. Contact the local your local election official's office to determine when absentee ballots will be available and the hours for voting. Be sure to take proof of identity with you when you go to vote.
To be eligible to vote you must be:
- A citizen of the United States
- A resident of Delaware (proof required)
- 18 years of age on or before the date of the next General Election
- mentally competent
NOTE: Convicted felons may register to vote if they meet the following requirements:
- They were not convicted of a disqualifying felony as defined in the Delaware Constitution. A list of disqualifying felonies can be found on the Delaware Department of Elections website.
- They have completed their sentence
If you do not have a fixed residence or are homeless you may still vote, however, you must show two forms of ID which must include a mailing address (such as a shelter or an agency address).
If you have any questions about your eligibility to register, please contact the State Election Commission.
ID Needed for Voter Registration
ID is not necessary to register to vote if you use the National Voter Registration Form. However, when registering with the Department of Elections or at an alternate approved location, current identification is required. The identification must include current and valid photo ID that shows full name and address.
- Current utility bill
- Bank statement
- Government check
- Other government document that shows full name and address
- Delaware Drivers License or State ID Card
ID Needed for Voting?
You will be asked to show ID at the polls. However, you do not need to show ID in order to vote. If you do not show an ID you must fill out a form before you can vote, but you will still be allowed to cast your ballot.
Acceptable forms of ID include:
- Delaware Drivers License or State ID
- US Passport
- Signed Polling Place or Social Security Card
- Signed vehicle registration
- Signed credit card with photo
- Similar document that IDs the person by photo or signature.
Official results are never available on Election Day. Election officials are working around the clock to count an unprecedented number of ballots, and it’s essential that they take the time to make sure every vote is counted.
Absentee ballots begin being counted on Election Day. Provisional ballots begin being counted the day after the election.
Official election results will be uploaded on Delaware’s Department of Elections website as they become available.
Overseas and Military Voters
You are a Military or Overseas voter if you are in uniformed services, living overseas OR a spouse or dependent of a uniformed services voter. To get registered and vote, you can utilize Overseas Vote Foundation.
If you have additional questions about elections and voting overseas you can use our state specific elections official directory or contact the Overseas Vote Foundation.
Poll Worker Information
In order to be a poll worker in Delaware, you must:
- Be registered to vote in Delaware
- Be at least 18 years of age
- Be entitled to compensation
- Political affiliation generally required
- Be a resident of the election district for the 30 days prior to the election
- Complete required training
- High school students with residency in the state who are 16 years or older may work with written permission from a parent or guardian and school principal
- College students with at least part time enrollment in their college or university can work within the respected county
To sign up, contact your local board of elections.
Polling Place Hours
Polling place hours are 7:00 am to 8:00 pm.
Polling Place Locator
You can find your polling place by utilizing your state resource.
For School Board elections, you can vote at any open polling place within the school district. Check your local school district website for a list of open polling locations.
The Department of Elections sends you a polling place card when you register; after a change in name, address, or party affiliation; or when your polling place is changed. If you need information regarding your election district and the place where you vote, visit https://ivote.de.gov/
If you have further questions on your polling place location, please contact your county clerk.
If you are a registered voter in your election district but your name does not appear on the official poll list, you may be able to vote by updating the record or by provisional ballot.
Provisional ballots begin being counted the day following an election. You can check the status of your provisional ballot to determine if your vote was counted.
Provisional ballots cover only federal offices such as President, Vice President, US Senate and US Congress. To be permitted to vote on a provisional ballot, you will be asked to sign an affidavit that says you are a registered voter in that election district and that you are eligible to vote in that election. If a federal or state court order extends the time established for closing the polls, votes cast after the normal poll closing time will all be by provisional ballot.
Note: You must provide proof of identity and address to vote on a provisional ballot. Acceptable forms of identification are a current, valid photo ID, copy of current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that shows your name and address.
Provisions for Voters with Disabilities
All people qualified to vote must be given the opportunity to do so. Therefore, there will be accessible polling places, accessible voting machines, the opportunity for voting by absentee ballot and assistance at any point as a means of accommodation.
If you need help at the polls, election officers are ready to assist. You may also bring someone with you to help in the voting process.
If you are deaf or hard of hearing, all election materials, announcements and forms are available at your state's election website. You may also use the state's free TDD relay service to obtain election and voting information. Simply dial 711 and give the operator the toll free help line number for the county from which you are calling: New Castle County 800-577-000, Kent County 800-464-4357, Sussex County 800-464-4357, Outside Delaware 800-273-9500.
For more information, you can utilize the American Association of People With Disabilities (AAPD) resource.
Time Off To Vote
Time off to vote is subject to the employer, there is no requirement for employers to grant time off to vote for employees.
Verify Voter Registration
To verify your voter registration statusclick here!
The voting system used in Delaware is DRE.
Direct Recording Electronic (DRE): This is the newest kind of system in use in the U.S. All the information about who and what you are voting for is on an electronic screen like a TV or computer screen.
There are many variations of DREs because lots of companies are inventing new ones, and many cities, counties and states are trying them out. Usually, after you have signed in, the poll workers will give you a card that you slide into a device to start your voting session.
Some of these devices will show all of the candidates and ballot choices on one big screen. Often, with these big screen devices you push a button next to the name of the candidate you want to vote for (or yes or no on a ballot measure). On other DREs, the screen is set up to show pages. On each screen or page, there will probably be one thing to vote on. For example, on one screen or page, you might vote for president. Then you might move to the next page to vote for senator. Often these small-screen devices have a touch screen, where you touch the screen next to the name of the person you want to vote for. Other devices have a key pad. Some have a keyboard, so you can write in the name of someone you want to vote for.
You let the system know you are finished voting by pushing a button, touching the screen or entering something on a keypad.
You can learn more about voting systems by checking out the Elections Assistance Commission's (EAC).
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