Voting in Delaware elections
ID Needed for Voting: Identification is required ONLY if you have registered using the National Voter Registration Form and thus did not supply it originally.
In that case, the voter must present current identification which includes a current and valid photo ID that shows full name and address. If a photo ID cannot be produced, a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that shows full name and address will be accepted. Identification is also required the first time you vote in person or with an in person absentee ballot.
Absentee Ballot Process: To vote absentee, you must submit an affidavit to request a ballot and swear or affirm that you are unable to go to your regular polling place during the election. There are separate affadavits for each type of election and for each county. The affidavit can be obtained by phoning or writing the County Board of Elections or the affidavit may be downloaded from the Delaware Election Commission site here.
Early Voting: You may vote by absentee ballot in-person at the County Board of Elections. Contact the Board of Elections office to determine when absentee ballots will be available and the hours for voting. Be sure to take proof of identity with you when you go to vote. In-office voting ends on the Monday before Tuesday election days.
Polling Place Hours: Polling place hours are 7:00 am to 8:00 pm. If you are in line waiting to vote at closing time, you may cast yout vote even if it is done after 8:00 pm.
For Uniformed and Overseas 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. For information, go here.
Felons: Former felons are eligible to vote if they have met certain requirements: at least five years must have elapsed since the full sentence (prison and probation) and any fines have been satisfied before an application to register can be made. Felony convictions for murder, some sexual crimes or a crime against the public (e.g. abuse of office, bribery, etc.) results in permanent loss of the right to vote. To see if you are eligible please contact (302)739-4277.
To Change your address or name: It is your responsibility to notify your County Department of Elections as soon as you move. (See "How to Register" above.) 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.
Candidate Services: Information for candidates for public office in Delaware including how to register to be a candidate, voter statistics, and past election reports as well as online Delaware state law resources about candidate activities and guidelines are here.
For information about voting and elections not covered above: Contact the County Department of Elections for information.
To vote in city or town elections you must register with the local jurisdiction. The Delaware League of Local Governments provides links to websites of local governments in Delaware. You can find contact information there.
To vote in city elections that are placed on the state general election ballot a person must be registered with the state before voting.
The state has established requirements for the conduct of municipal elections. There is a separate affidavit to apply for an absentee ballot in municipal elections. Contact the County Department of Elections for information.
There are also a number of school referenda elections. Dates are available on the County Department of Elections calendar.