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Delaware has introduced Vote by Mail and Same-Day Registration.

Delaware Voting Information

Voting is the foundation of our democracy. Every issue that you care about, every issue that our communities care about, and every issue that affects our daily lives is impacted by one simple action: a vote. Find out more about Delaware voting information below. 

The best way you can prepare to vote? Make a voting plan.

Knowing how and when to register, 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.

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Voter Registration

How Do I Know If I’m Eligible to Vote?

Generally, you are eligible to vote if you are:

  • A citizen of the United States;
  • A resident of Delaware;
  • Will be 18 years old by the date of the General Election.
  • A person with a previous conviction on their record who has served their time, including some people with felonies.
    • Note: There are some felony convictions that disqualify a person from being able to vote, even after they have served their time. For more information, read the list of ineligible convictions on the Department of Elections website.
How Do I Register to Vote?

You can register to vote in Delaware online, by mail, or at certain government offices.

How Do I Check My Registration Status?

Checking your registration status is vital to a healthy voting plan. Occasionally, states and local election offices will purge their registration rosters of individuals that have moved or haven’t voted in a long time, and sometimes, an error may occur that removes an eligible voter.

Checking in on your registration status prior to the registration deadline (see below) ensures that you’re counted and eligible to vote in the upcoming election.

Additionally, some individuals may want to change their party affiliation prior to an election or primary. Checking registration ensures that you’re registered for your preferred party.

Check your registration status online at ivote.de.us.

2022 Election Dates

September 13, 2022
Primary Election
November 8, 2022
General Election

Deadline Information

Same-Day Voter Registration

This year, Delaware will introduce same-day voter registration. Same-day voter registration allows any qualified resident of the state to register to vote and cast a ballot all on the same day — including on Election Day. Same-day registration does not allow for registered voters to change party affiliation before or on the day of the primary or general election. See “Ways You Can Vote” for more information.

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School Board Elections

Note: You do not have to be registered to vote in school board elections in Delaware. To vote, you must:

  • 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.

Voter Registration Deadlines

September 13, 2022
Delaware allows any qualified resident of the state to register to vote and cast a ballot all on the same day — including on Primary Election Day.
November 8, 2022
Delaware allows any qualified resident of the state to register to vote and cast a ballot all on the same day — including on General Election Day.

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.

Same-Day Registration

Same-day voter registration allows any qualified voter to register to vote and cast a ballot all on the same day — including on Election Day. You must register with a political party to participate in the primary election. Same-day registration does not allow for previously registered voters to change party affiliation before or on the day of the primary or general election.

 

Same-Day Registration Process

You can register to vote in Delaware online, by mail, or at certain government offices through Election Day.

To register and vote during the early voting period from August 31, 2022 to September 11, 2022, you must visit your designated early voting polling site. To find your early voting polling site, use the Delaware Department of Elections website. To register, you must submit a voter registration application and present a copy of a current and valid government issued photo identification OR a current document displaying the name and address of the person registering to vote. Once registered, you are permitted to cast your ballot on the same day.

To register and vote on Election Day, September 13, 2022, you must visit your designated polling site. To find your polling site, use the Delaware Department of Elections website.To register, you must submit a voter registration application and present a copy of a current and valid government issued photo identification OR a current document displaying the name and address of the person registering to vote. Once registered, you are permitted to cast your ballot on the same day. If you are registering for the first time during the primary election, you may declare your primary party. If you were previously registered and are merely updating your voter information, you may not change your party status.

Vote by Mail (No Reason Needed)

Delaware now offers vote by mail for the state’s primary and general elections. All eligible Delaware voters now have the option to request their ballot by mail, which may be completed and returned by mail or to a designated drop-box or elections office location. Vote by mail is different from absentee voting: voters do not have to provide a reason for choosing to vote by mail, they can simply request their mail-in ballot. Postage for the envelope containing the ballot is pre-paid by the Department of Elections.

Vote by Mail Process

To request a mail ballot you must print and complete the vote by mail application, or request a vote by mail ballot through the Delaware Department of Elections website. You must request a vote by mail ballot no later than seven days before the election, and return the completed ballot to the elections office in your county by the close of polls on Election Day (8:00 PM).

When you receive your mail ballot, make sure to fill it out completely, sign the voter oath on the envelope, and include one of the following forms of identification in the designated box on the back of the envelope:

  • Last four (4) digits of voter’s social security number;
  • Delaware Driver’s License number; or
  • Delaware State ID number.

Place the security label over the identification information you provided. You may return the ballot to the Department of Elections office for your county by:

  • Placing the ballot envelope in the U.S. Mail;
  • Dropping the ballot in a secure ballot drop box at the Department of Elections office for your county; or
  • Dropping the ballot in a secure ballot drop box location (find ballot drop box locations here).

Mail ballots will be mailed out starting 30 days before the election date.

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 website. When you register to vote, you should also receive a postcard in the mail with your polling place.

Bring ID

Voters must bring one of the following forms of ID:

  • State-issued photo ID
  • Utility bill
  • Paycheck
  • 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.

Tips

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.
Voting In-Person Early

As of January 1, 2022, registered voters are now allowed to vote in-person during the 10 days before any primary, general, or special election, up to and including the Saturday and Sunday immediately before the election.

Note: Early in-person voting is not used for school board elections.

Find Your Early Polling Place

There will be at least one early voting location per county with an additional location in the City of Wilmington.

To find your early voting polling place, use the Delaware Department of Elections website.

Provisional Ballot

Anyone denied the right to vote at the polls, for any reason, may still cast a provisional ballot. Provisional ballots are mandated by section 15482 of the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA).

Provisional Ballot Process

To use a provisional ballot, each voter whose eligibility to vote is uncertain must provide a written affirmation, signed in front of an election official at the polling place, stating that he or she is a registered voter and is eligible to vote in the election.

Election officials must provide information to the voter on how the process works and how to find out if his or her ballot was cast—and if not, why not.

What if I am denied?

Make sure to ask for a provisional ballot if you believe you are a registered, eligible voter but you were denied the right to vote when you showed up at your polling place. If you have any questions regarding your right to vote, please call 1-866-OUR-VOTE regarding Election Day assistance problems.

Absentee 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.

Absentee Ballot Process

 

Absentee ballot process:

Absentee ballots are 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.

You may mail back your ballot or drop your ballot off at your county’s election office. Secure ballot drop boxes are available in each county office, as well as in the lobby of the Carvel State Office Building in Wilmington.

All absentee ballots must be received by 8 p.m. on Election Day in order to be counted. You can check the status of your affidavit and your ballot here.

Request a Ballot
Watch the Delaware Department of Elections video walkthrough of how to request an absentee ballot. Forms may be submitted online or emailed, faxed, or mailed to your county board of elections.

If your absentee status in iVote is listed as “Indefinite”, this means that you have requested to be a permanent absentee voter. You will automatically receive an absentee ballot for all elections for which you are eligible to vote.

How to Request a Ballot

Voters that Need Assistance

Disability Accessibility

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.

Language Accessibility

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

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