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Delaware Voting Quick Facts

Who Can Register to vote in Delaware

You may register to vote if you are: a United States Citizen; a permanent resident of Delaware; at least 18 years old on the date of the next General Election; not adjudged to be mentally incompetent; or an ex-felon who meets the requirements as specified by law according to 15 Del C. Chapter 61. If you indicate that you are not a citizen or fail to answer that question, your application will be rejected. The last day to register in time to vote in the next election is the fourth Saturday (or 28 days) before the election.

To register to vote in the State of Delaware, an individual must meet the following qualifications:

  • Be a United States Citizen
  • Be 18 years old prior to next election to vote
  • Be a resident of Delaware(proof required)
  • Not have been found by a court to be incapable of voting by reason of mental disability;

Felons are eligible to vote if they meet the following requirements:

  • Fines and restitution must be satisfied prior to the application date.
  • Must not be convicted of a disqualifying felony as defined in the Delaware Constitution.

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How Do I Register To Vote in Delaware

Voting At The Polls On Election Day

WHAT IS AN ACCEPTABLE FORM OF IDENTIFICATION FOR VOTING

Who Can Vote in Primary Elections in Delaware

Both Democrats and Republicans hold Closed Primaries

Only registered voters from participating parties may vote. Only Democrats can vote in the Democratic Primary and only Republicans can vote in the Republican Primary. You can change your party affiliation after the Primary.

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Who Can Vote Absentee in Delaware

If you are a registered voter and you are unable to go to your regular polling place on election day to cast your vote, you may be eligible to vote by absentee ballot. Request an absentee ballot by completing an "Affidavit for Absentee Ballot".

Who may vote absentee ballot?

  • Work: The nature of your work prevents you from going to your polling place.
  • 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, diplomatic, etc.)
  • New: Affidavits from military personnel requesting absentee ballots do not require the signature of a Notary or Commissioned Officer.
  • 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: I am sick.
  • Disability: I am permanently or temporarily disabled.
  • Incarcerated: I am incarcerated. (Not for a felony)

How do I request an absentee ballot?

  • Request an absentee ballot by completing an Affidavit for Absentee Ballot

When do I have to submit my absentee ballot?

  • Vote and return your ballot as soon as you receive it. Ballots may be returned by mail or taken to the Department of Elections for that County, and must be received by 8pm on the day of the election.

Overseas and Military Voters

  • Military and Overseas voters are United States Citizens who are members of the Army, Navy, Air Force Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Merchant Marine, commissioned corps of the Public Health Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, family members of the above and United States citizens residing outside of the country.

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What If My Address Has Changed

I have moved since the last election; can I still vote?

  • As soon as you move, it is your responsibility to notify the Department of Elections for your county. They will update your records and supply you with new information about your polling place, etc. If you are still waiting to notify your County Department, you may still vote. You will have to call your County Department of Elections for information about your new polling place location and before voting there, fill out a change of address form. You may fill out a change of address in the Fail Safe Voting line in the polling place.

College student

  • At School:You can establish voting residency in Delaware if you live at your current Delaware school address with the intent of making it your home. You lose your residency if you “actually move outside [Delaware] with the intention of remaining [in the other state] for an indefinite time as a place of present domicile.”[7] Any other interpretation of the residency laws is unconstitutional.

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When Is The Next Election?

Upcoming Elections Calendar - Election dates and deadlines - Check Delaware upcoming elections schedule

Poll Hours: 7:00 AM-8:00 PM

The time for opening the polls for the purpose of conducting a primary election shall be seven o'clock in the morning and the time for closing the polls at such primary election shall be eight o'clock in the evening.

How can I find my polling location?

If you do not know where your polling place is,you can use ivote.de.gov to find your polling location. If you have any issues or questions, please contact your County Clerk

Can I Register At The Polls On Election Day?

NO: Delaware does not provide Same Day Voter Registration. You must register to vote by the voter registration deadline in order to vote in an election. If you miss the voter registration deadline for an election you should contact your local election office.

Can I Take Time Off For Voting?

No specific law requiring time off to vote

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