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  Delaware  

Voting Guide

IMPORTANT:

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

 

2020

  • 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

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.

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.

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

Make a plan. Look up your voting site and hours at: ivote.de.gov/voterpoll.aspx

By Mail

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

  • Students

  • 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.

 

Early In-Person

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.


Election Day

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

  • Tuition Status

    • 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 is used only as a general guide. This document should not be used as a substitute for consultation with a licensed North Carolina legal professional.
 
Last updated March 2019