Voting in Delaware

Voting in Delaware

Summary

Federal & state elections on the ballot:  US House member, and State Senate and House members

Ballot measures: None

The Delaware Division of Elections, part of the Secretary of State, oversees all Delaware elections.

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News

House Approves Major Election Reform And Voting Rights Bill
Delaware Public Media, Alana WiseMarch 3, 2021

The House has once again passed a bill aimed at protecting and expanding voting rights and reforming campaign finance laws. The Wednesday-night vote was 220-210. But the measure is not expected to advance in the Senate, where Democrats hold a narrow majority, and Republicans on Capitol Hill argue the proposal is a political effort to federalize elections.

The action comes after voter access was a central issue in the 2020 elections, especially in states like Georgia and Arizona, where the presidential contest was tight. Former President Donald Trump and his GOP allies continue to promote false claims about ballot fraud, without any evidence. As some red states are moving to impose new restrictions, others with Democratically controlled state houses are working to further expand access.

The 2021 “H.R. 1: For the People Act” is a reboot of a 2019 bill of the same name. At the time, the House passed the bill along party lines, but it never had a chance to move forward in the Senate, which was controlled then by Republicans.

About

Contact

Email: Department of Elections

Locations

Phone access only during pandemic
Phone: 302-739-4277

Web

Department of Elections

Registering to Vote

General Information

Who can register

To register in Delaware you must:

  • be a citizen of the United States
  • be a permanent resident of Delaware
  • be at least 18 years old on the date of the next general election
  • not be mentally incompetent
  • if you are a felon, you are eligible to vote as long as you have served your sentence (including parole) and your convictions were not for disqualifying felonies: murder and manslaughter (except vehicular homicide), sexual offenses, or crimes against public administration involving bribery or improper influence or abuse of office

How to register

  1. Use our Register to Vote form below to fill out the National Voter Registration Form.
  2. Sign and date your form. This is very important!
  3. Mail or hand-deliver your completed form to the address we provide.
  4. Make sure you register before the voter registration deadline.

Election Day registration
N/A

Voting Rights restoration

If you have been convicted of a felony and have questions about whether you can register to vote, visit Restore Your Vote to determine your eligibility.

Registration Status (form)

New Registration (form)

Voting

General Information

Voting as a Student

Learn more from Campus Vote Project about voting for students.

Overseas and Military Voting

You are a Military or Overseas voter if you are in uniformed services, living overseas OR a spouse or dependent of a uniformed services voter. To get registered and vote, you can utilize Overseas Vote Foundation.

If you have additional questions about elections and voting overseas you can use our state specific elections official directory or contact the Overseas Vote Foundation.

Voting with Disabilities

All polling places must be accessible. If you require assistance to vote by reason of blindness, disability, or inability to write or to read the ballot, assistance may be given by a person of your choice. This person may accompany you into the voting booth. This can be a person of your choosing but cannot be:

  • Your employer
  • An agent of such employer
  • An officer or agent of your union
  • A candidate whose name appears on the ballot, unless they are a member of your immediate family

A disabled person may, at any time, request a paper ballot for electors with disabilities.

Voters who have difficulty standing may ask to move to the front of the line or ask poll workers to direct them to a chair.

You may also request a ballot be brought to you outside the polling location. You must show proper ID and must mark the ballot in front of officials, but not in a way that will violate your privacy.

For more information, you can utilize the American Association of People With Disabilities (AAPD)
Early Voting

N/A

Vote by Mail (Absentee)

Absentee ballot rules

You may vote by absentee ballot in Delaware if:

How to get Absentee ballot

  1. Use our Absentee Ballot form below to prepare your application.
  2. Sign and date the form. This is very important!
  3. Return your completed application to your Local Election Office as soon as possible. We’ll provide the mailing address for you.
  4. All Local Election Offices will accept mailed or hand-delivered forms. If it’s close to the deadline, call and see if your Local Election Office will let you fax or email the application.
  5. Make sure your application is received by the deadline. Your application must actually arrive by this time — simply being postmarked by the deadline is insufficient.
  6. Please contact your Local Election Office if you have any further questions about the exact process.

What to do next

  1. Once you receive the ballot, carefully read and follow the instructions.
  2. Sign and date where indicated.
  3. Mail your voted ballot back to the address indicated on the return envelope.
  4. Your voted ballot must arrive by the deadline or it will not be counted.

Absentee ballot application deadline

  • In Person: Before 12 Noon the day before the election.
  • By Mail: 4 days before Election Day.
  • Online:

Absentee ballot submission deadline

Received by Election Day.

 

 

Absentee Ballot (form)

Elections Alert (Form)

Poll Information

Polling Place Locator

You can find your polling place by utilizing your state resource. If you have further questions on your polling place location, please contact your county clerk.

Polling Place Hours

Polling places will be open from 6:00 am to 8:00 pm on Election Day.

Poll Worker Information

In order to be a poll worker in Connecticut, you must:

  • Be registered to vote in Connecticut
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Be entitled to compensation
  • Political affiliation generally required
  • Be a resident of the town that you apply
  • Complete required training
  • Students with residency in the town who are 16 years or older may work with written permission from a parent or guardian

To sign up, contact your local registrar’s office.

 

 

Department of Elections

Source: Website

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