Delaware | Voting Guide
Registration Deadlines and Election Dates
Due to the risks posed to the public by COVID-19, the presidential primary has been rescheduled
for June 2, 2020.
- To vote in a party’s primary, a voter must be affiliated with that party. Voters now have until April 3 to update their affiliation. For more information, visit: https://elections.delaware.gov/pdfs/pres-pri-change-party-deadline20200403.pdf.
- The deadline to register to vote is May 9
- Voters may now vote by mail under Excuse #3 (“I am sick, or temporarily or permanently physically disabled”) if the voter is “asymptomatic of COVID-19 infection and otherwise abiding by CDC and DPH guidelines by exercising self-quarantine or social distancing to avoid potential exposure to (and community spread of) COVID-19, and who herself or himself freely chooses to use such qualification to vote by absentee ballot.” Mail-in ballot request forms and additional information are available at: https://elections.delaware.gov/services/voter/absentee/index.shtml.
- Mail-in ballot request forms must be received no later than May 29
- Completed mail-in ballots must be received no later than 8:00 p.m. on Election Day
Voter Registration Deadline: Received or postmarked 24 days prior to Election Day
Presidential Primary Election Registration Deadline: May 9
Presidential Primary Election: June 2
Statewide Primary Election Registration Deadline: August 22
Statewide Primary Election: September 15
General Election Registration Deadline: October 10
General Election: November 3
Official Election Websites
Register at School or Home
Students have a choice about where to register to vote.
Students attending college may register at their campus address or choose to remain registered or register at their permanent or home address.
You may only be registered and vote in one location.
What Type of ID Do I Need to Register?
Delaware’s voter registration form asks for your Delaware driver’s license or ID number, or the last four digits of your Social Security Number. Be sure to provide one of these numbers if you have it.
What Type of ID Do I Need to Vote?
Voters will be asked to show ID when checking in to vote, but they may sign an affirmation of identity if they do not have accepted proof of identity.
Acceptable IDs together must show the identity and address of the voter and includes:
Delaware driver's license or State ID
U. S. passport
Signed polling place or Social Security card
Signed vehicle registration
Signed credit card with photo
A similar document that identifies the person by photo or signature
Where Do I Vote?
Make a plan. Look up your voting site and hours at: ivote.de.gov/voterpoll.aspx
How Can I Vote?
You can request an absentee ballot online at https://elections.delaware.gov/voter/absenteeballot.shtml.
You can also print an absentee ballot request form at https://elections.delaware.gov/pubs/pdfs/absentee_ballot_application.pdf.
Delaware requires voters to have one of the following excuses to vote absentee:
The voter is in public service for the United States or State of Delaware, or the spouse or dependent of such voter (applies to Uniformed Service members).
Voter cannot vote in person due to the nature of his or her business or occupation. Applies to:
Persons providing care to a parent, spouse, or child who is living at home and requires constant are
Incarcerated persons who are eligible to vote
The voter will be absent from the district while on vacation
The voter will be unable to go to the polls on Election Day due to the tenets or teachings of his or her religion
Unable to go the polls on Election Day due to sickness or temporary or permanent disability
Your application must be received no later than four days before Election Day. Completed absentee ballots must be returned to your county Department of Elections by 8 p.m. on Election Day.
Beginning on January 1, 2022, anyone will be able to vote early up to 10 days before Election Day.
Voters who qualify to vote absentee also qualify to vote in person at their county’s Department of Elections office until noon the day before Election Day. Contact your county’s office to learn when ballots become available and what hours it will be conducting in-person early voting.
Voting sites will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day. If you are in line by the closing time then you have a right to vote.
Registering to Vote Does Not Affect Your:
Federal Financial Aid
Where you register to vote will not affect federal financial aid such as Pell Grants, Perkins or Stafford loans, or your dependency status for FAFSA
Status as a Dependent on Your Parents’ Taxes
Being registered to vote at a different address from your parents does not prevent them from claiming you as a dependent on their taxes
Being deemed out-of-state for tuition purposes does not prevent you from choosing to register to vote in your campus community
Will registering to vote in Delaware affect my driver’s license or car registration?
As a full-time student in Delaware, you may have to make these changes regardless of whether you vote in Delaware. For more information, you may wish to contact the Delaware Division of Motor Vehicles.
Fair Elections Center and Campus Vote Project intend the information contained herein to be used only as a general guide. This document should not be used as a substitute for consultation with a licensed Delaware legal professional.
Last updated May 2020