Election Day is May 9. Polls opened from 7:00am – 8:00pm
Delaware School Board Voting Information
Voting is the foundation of our democracy across, and schools are the heart of our communities. Our public education system is directly connected to public health, incarceration rates, employment, economic success, and more. Regardless of whether you have kids in school now, voting in your local school board election is one of the best ways to support your community.
This year, school board elections are May 9th from 7:00am to 8:00pm.
Below you’ll find more information about the candidates, key issues, and important voter information.
The best way you can prepare to vote? Make a voting plan.
Knowing where and when to vote, and what options are available for alternate methods of voting is vital to ensuring that your voice is carried from the checkmark on your ballot all the way to a final decision in an election.
School Board Elections
Who is Eligible to Vote?
How Do I Know If I’m Eligible to Vote?
To Vote in School Board Elections, you must be
- Be a citizen of the United States and the State of Delaware.
- Live in the school district for which the election is being conducted.
- Be 18 years of age on or before the day of the election.
*You do not have to be registered in order to vote in school board elections
How to Find Your School Board District
To find the school district you’re voting in, enter your address in the Delaware Elections District Look Up Tool website
2023 Election Dates
May 9, 2023
School Board Election
Polls are open from 7:00am to 8:00pm
You must request your absentee ballot by noon on Friday, May 5th
Voter Registration Deadlines
You do not need to be registered to vote in school board elections.
The Issues You Care About
Ways You Can Vote
Now that you have registered to vote, you can plan how you will cast your ballot. Below are the options Delaware voters have.
Voting In-Person on Election Day
Delaware voters can cast their ballot in person on Election Day. Polls are open from 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Find Your Polling Place
To find your polling place, use the Delaware Department of Elections School Board website.
Scroll down until you’ve found your school district, click it, and then you’ll see the polling places for your district. For school board elections, you are able to vote at any of the location within your school district.
Voters must bring one of the following forms of ID:
- State-issued photo ID
- Utility bill
- Any government document with the voter’s name and address
In the event you do not have one of the above forms of ID, you can sign an affidavit of affirmation that you are the person listed on the election district record.
Other helpful tips:
- If the polls close while you’re still in line, stay in line – you have the right to vote.
- If you make a mistake on your ballot, ask for a new one.
- If the machines are down at your polling place, ask for a paper ballot.
If you are a registered voter and are unable to vote in person on Election Day, you may be eligible to vote by absentee ballot. To vote absentee you must qualify for one of the reasons listed on the form. Download Absentee Ballot Request form.
Returning Your Absentee Ballot
- By Mail: you can return to your county Department of Elections office. To find the address of your county Department of Elections building, visit the Department of Elections Office and Contact Information webpage
- In Person: you can vote absentee in person at your county Department of Elections office. There, you will complete an absentee ballot application and then cast your vote.
You can go in person and return your absentee ballot between 8:30am and 4:00pm until two days before the election and between 8:00am and noon on the day before the election.
Request a Ballot
- Through the Department of Elections Voter Portal
- Download, fill out, and return a pdf copy of the form
- Call or Email the Department of Elections and request an absentee ballot application
- Pick up an application at the Department of Elections
** You must request your absentee ballot by noon on Friday, May 5th
How to Request a Ballot
Voters that Need Assistance
Federal law requires elections to be accessible to all eligible voters, including those with disabilities.
In federal elections, every polling place must have at least one voting system that allows voters with disabilities to vote privately and independently.
Voters with disabilities have the right to receive in-person help at the polls from the person of their choice. This helper cannot be the voter’s employer, an agent of the voter’s employer, or an agent or officer of the voter’s union, and must respect the voter’s privacy, not looking at the voter’s ballot unless the voter asks them to do so.
Election officials (including poll workers) must make reasonable accommodations as needed to help you vote and provide you with help if it’s possible for them to do so.
Under federal law, voters who have difficulty reading or writing English may receive in-person assistance at the polls from the person of their choice. This person cannot be the voter’s employer, an agent of the voter’s employer, or an agent or officer of the voter’s union.
If you have trouble voting due to lack of English fluency, call one of these hotlines:
Spanish: 1-888-VE-Y-VOTA / 1-888-839-8682
Arabic: 1-844-YALLA-US / 1-844-925-5287
Bengali, Cantonese, Hindi, Urdu, Korean, Mandarin, Tagalog, Vietnamese: 1-888-API-VOTE / 1-888-274-8683