Registration Deadline: Registration ends 24 days before each election.
Party Affiliation: Delaware has closed primaries, meaning only those voters registered for a certain party may vote in that party's primary. For a primary election, party affiliation can be changed anytime except from the last Saturday in May through the date of the Primary. For presidential primaries, party affiliation can be changed anytime except from the 59th day before the Presidential Primary through the date of the election.
VOTER REGISTRATION QUALIFICATIONS
Age: Must be 18 years of age by the date of the next General Election
Citizenship: Must be a United States citizen
Residency: Must be a resident of Delaware
Mental Competency: You cannot register to vote if you have been adjudged mentally incompetent.
Felony Convictions: A person convicted of a felony may register and vote if he/she meets the following requirements:
- Was not convicted of a disqualifying felony as defined in the Delaware Constitution.
- Has completed his/her sentence.
Call the State Election Commissioner's phone number, (302) 739-4277, if you have questions about your eligibility.
OBTAINING A VOTER REGISTRATION FORM
By Mail or By Phone or In Person: click here to see a list of contact numbers for the Department of Elections
VERIFYING YOUR VOTER REGISTRATION STATUS
Online: verify your registration status
ABSENTEE BALLOT QUALIFICATIONS
Who can vote absentee:
In order to vote absentee you must be a person who:
- Is registered to vote;
- Fills out and signs an absentee affidavit;
- Has the affidavit notarized if required; and
- Cannot vote on Election Day because of the reason marked on the affidavit.
OBTAINING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT
Online: Request an absentee ballot by completing an “Affidavit for Absentee Ballot” by clicking here to choose the affidavit for your county and election.
In person: To vote in person, contact the Department of Elections for your county to determine when absentee ballots will be available.
By mail: Federal Mail Application
Military and overseas voting: Guidelines and procedures for Military and Overseas absentee voters.
SUBMITTING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT
Location and time: Important dates and deadlines for absentee voters
Early voting qualifications: Delaware doesn't have traditional early voting but they do offer in-person absentee voting. You can apply for and vote an in-person absentee ballot at your county Department of Elections as soon as absentee ballots are available up until noon on election day. You will need proof of identity and address to vote.
Verifying Registration: verify your registration status
Deciding how to vote: http://www.votesmart.org/
Polling Place: Delaware polling place finder
Verifying provisional ballot status: Delaware provisional ballot status verification
Verifying absentee ballot status: Delaware absentee ballot status verification