How to vote in Delaware

This guide contains information about the 2018 midterm election held on November 6. It may be out-of-date.
 
Election day is Tuesday, November 6. Delaware offers absentee ballots by mail to voters who will be unable to vote in person. All other voters are expected to vote in person.

Who can vote

You have to register to vote before election day in Delaware. You can find the deadline to register to vote in the "Dates and deadlines" section.

You may register to vote in Delaware if you:
  • are a citizen of the United States, and
  • are a resident of Delaware; (Delaware is your home), and
  • will be 18 years old on or before the date of the next general election.
  • have NOT been adjudged mentally incompetent. (Adjudged mentally incompetent refers to a specific finding in a judicial guardianship or equivalent proceeding, based on clear and convincing evidence that the individual has a severe cognitive impairment which precludes exercise of basic voting judgment); and
  • have NOT been convicted of a felony, unless you have completed your sentence; and
  • have NOT been convicted of a disqualifying felony and have not been pardoned. (List of disqualifying felonies: murder or manslaughter (except vehicular homicide); any felony constituting an offense against public administration involving bribery or improper influence or abuse of office, or any like offense under the laws of any state or local jurisdiction, or of the United States, or of the District of Columbia; or any felony constituting a sexual offense, or any like offense under the laws of any state or local jurisdiction or of the United States or of the District of Columbia.)

Vote in person

Vote on election day

Voters registered in Delaware can look up where to vote on Delaware's site or at GetToThePolls.com.

No early voting

Delaware does not offer an early voting period. If you will be unable to vote in person on Election Day, you can request an absentee ballot by mail or by visiting your local election office.

What to bring

  • You will be asked to show ID to vote in Delaware. Acceptable forms include: photo ID; or a utility bill, paycheck, or any government document with voter's name and address.
  • Voters without ID: If you are unable to provide ID, you will be asked to sign an affidavit of affirmation that you are the person listed on the election district record.

Vote by mail

  1. Review the absentee ballot application and confirm that you meet the eligibility requirements for voting absentee.
  2. Fill out the application completely.
  3. Submit the request to your local election office. You should request your ballot as far in advance of the election as possible. The deadline to request a ballot by mail is Friday, November 2.
  4. When your ballot arrives, read it carefully and follow the instructions to complete it and return it.

See what's on the ballot

Learn more about what will be on your ballot at GetToThePolls.com or Ballotpedia.

Get step-by-step help

TurboVote can help you fill out your ballot request form, send you election reminders, and more. If you'd like more help planning how to vote, we can walk you through the process!

Military and overseas voters

Active-duty military, their families, and voters living outside the US can register to vote and request their absentee ballot using the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). To do so:
  1. Fill out the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), or download a copy. Your election official may have questions, so please provide an email address or phone number where they can reach you.
  2. Send the application to your election official.
  3. It is never too early to submit an FPCA! Please do so as soon as possible. You can look up recommended mailing dates by country and region.
  4. When your ballot arrives, read it carefully and follow the instructions to complete it and return it.
  5. States begin mailing absentee ballots at least 45 days before Election Day. If you haven't received your ballot by 30 days before Election Day, contact your local election office.
If after submitting your FPCA, your ballot does not arrive, contact your election official first. Then:
  • You can still vote using the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB). Print, sign, and mail your FWAB to your local election office.
  • If you mail a FWAB and then receive your regular absentee ballot, you should complete and mail your absentee ballot also. Election officials will ensure that only one ballot is counted.
The Federal Voting Assistance Program – FVAP.gov offers additional information on military and overseas voting in Delaware.

Check your voter registration status

You can look up your voter registration record and verify that your information is correct using Delaware's voter registration lookup tool.

Dates and deadlines

  • Election day is Tuesday, November 6.
  • The deadline to register online is Saturday, October 13.
  • The deadline for registering to vote by mail is Saturday, October 13.
  • The deadline to register to vote in person is Saturday, October 13.
  • The deadline to request a ballot by mail is Friday, November 2.

Election contact information for Delaware

Address:
State Election Commissioner
905 S. Governors Ave Suite 170
Dover, DE 19904

Phone Number:
(302) 739-4277