How to vote in Delaware
This information is for the November 3rd general election. For information on the September 15, 2020 state primary, check with the Delaware election office. Election day is Tuesday, November 3, 2020. Delaware allows any voter to request a ballot by mail. You can also 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;
- are a resident of Delaware; (Delaware is your home);
- 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);
- have NOT been convicted of a felony, unless you have completed your sentence;
- have NOT been convicted of a disqualifying felony and have not been pardoned.
- List of disqualifying felonies include: 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.
- *find more information on voting rights restoration here
Vote in person
Vote on election day
Voters registered in Delaware can look up where to vote on Delaware's site.
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 county election office.
What to bring
- You will be asked to show ID to confirm your identity and residency to vote in Delaware. Acceptable forms include (but are not limited to): Delaware driver's license or state ID, US passport, Social Security Card, polling place card, bank statement, utility bill; or mail addressed to the voter at the address where registered.
- 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 in the pollbook.
Vote by mail
- Request your mail-in ballot with a mail ballot application.
- Fill out the application completely.
- Submit the request to your county 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 (received by) Friday, October 30, 2020.
- When your ballot arrives, read it carefully and follow the instructions to complete it and return it.
Additional option for voters in Delaware
Those who are sick or temporarily or permanently physically disabled may receive and return their ballot securely via email. For more information on this option, contact your county election office.
See what's on the ballot
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Election Day registration
Delaware does not offer registration on Election Day.
Military and overseas voters
Active-duty military, their families, and overseas citizens can register to vote and request their absentee ballot using the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). To do so:
- 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.
- Send the application to your election official.
- 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.
- Please fill out and send back your ballot as soon as you receive it. Following are recommended return dates to make sure your ballot arrives at your election office on time:35 days before election - On a ship at sea: September 28, 202030 days before election - Outside of the US: October 2, 202011 days before the election - Stateside: October 23, 2020
- 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 county 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 county 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.
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 3, 2020.
- The deadline to register online to vote is Saturday, October 10, 2020.
- The deadline for registering by mail to vote is (postmarked by) Saturday, October 10, 2020.
- The deadline to register in person to vote is Saturday, October 10, 2020.
- The deadline to request a ballot by mail is (received by) Friday, October 30, 2020.
Election contact information for Delaware
State Election Commissioner
905 S. Governors Ave Suite 170
Dover, DE 19904