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Are you registered to vote? Do you want to change your party, your address, your name?

The League of Women Voters of Delaware (LWVDE) has published This Way to the Voting Booth 2018, a 4-page primer on registration and voting procedures in the state of Delaware.

Delware Online Voter Portal

The Voter Portal at "ivote.de.gov" makes it easy for an individual to register, change address, party affiliation, request an absentee ballot, etc. Simply visit the portal website (as shown below) and choose the question that describes what you want to do.

iVOTE.DE.gov

For each of the voter registration activities listed below, you may either contact the County Department of Elections or use the online Voter Portal.

Registering to Vote

HOW TO REGISTER:
Apply with the County Department of Elections by mail or in person or by phone.

To register online, go to the Voter Portal at ivote.de.gov.

Or, you may register at any of these agencies if you have other business to do there: Division of Motor Vehicles, Department of Health & Social Services, Department of Labor, WIC program offices, Armed Forces recruitment centers, the State Election Commissioner's office, or at institutions of higher learning when you register for classes.

Eligibility:LWV Speakers Bureau To be eligible to vote in the State of Delaware, you must be:

  • A citizen of the United States, AND
  • A resident of Delaware; Delaware is your home, AND
  • 18 years of age by the date of the next General Election

Exceptions: You may not register to vote in Delaware if you
  • Have been adjudged mentally incompetent, OR
  • Were convicted of a felony and have not completed your sentence, OR
  • Were convicted of a disqualifying felony and have not been pardoned.

See the Delaware Department of Elections Voter Registration web page for a list of disqualifying felonies.

Note: Legislation enacted in 2010 allows 16 year olds to register to vote through the Division of Motor Vehicles at the time they first apply for their driver's license. However, they will not be allowed to vote unless they have turned 18 before the next general election.

Registration Deadline: The voter registration deadline for the general election is the fourth Saturday before Election Day. Overseas citizens and military members have until the third Monday before Election Day.

Deadlines for the 2018 elections:
    - register by August 11, 2018 to be eligible to vote in the Sept 6 Primary Elections
    - register by October 13, 2018 to be eligible to vote in the Nov 6 General Election

ID Needed for Voter Registration: Identification is not necessary to register to vote if you use the National Voter Registration Form. However, when registering with the department of elections or at an alternate approved location, current identification is required. The identification must include current and valid photo ID that shows full name and address. If that is not available, you may submit a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows full name and address.

For voters without a fixed address: Anyone lacking a fixed residence or who is homeless and is otherwise qualified to vote in Delaware may register by completing the proper registration forms and providing two pieces of identification containing his/her name; one of the pieces must include the mailing address on the application, which may be a shelter or agency.

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 to the Department of Elections Absentee Voting Information Page.

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. Call the Office of the State Election Commissioner at 302-739-4277 if you have questions about your eligibility.

Changing Name, Address or Party

To Change your Address or Name:
It is your responsibility to notify the County Department of Elections as soon as you move. They will update your records and supply you with new information about your polling place, etc. If you are still waiting to notify the County Department, you may still vote. You may call the County Department of Elections for information about your new polling place location or use the online Voter Portal. Before voting there, fill out a change of address form. You may also fill out a change of address in the Fail Safe Voting line in the polling place.

Also contact the County Department of Elections (or use the online Voter Portal) if you change your name.

To Change your Party Affiliation:
You may affiliate with a party when you register to vote. If you do not affiliate with any party, you will be registered as "unaffiliated" and will not be able to vote in a Primary Election.

You may change your political party affiliation (including from "unaffiliated" to a party):

  • Before a State Primary Election: up through the last Saturday in May.
  • Before a Presidential Primary: until 60 days before the Presidential Primary.

Deadline for the 2018 elections:
    - May 25, 2018 is the last day to change your party affiliation prior to the 2018 State Primary

To change your official party affiliation, contact the County Board of Elections or use the online Voter Portal.

To Verify your Voter Registration Status:
Contact the County Department of Elections or use the online Voter Portal.

Voting

Learn more on our Voting in Delaware Elections page.

To find your polling place, go to the online Voter Portal and click on "Where do I vote on election day?".