Voting in Delaware elections

Voting in Delaware elections

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Delaware's Voting Machines

Delaware purchased new voting systems in 2018. The new machines were used for the first time in the school board elections in May 2019. After you mark your choices on the electronic screen, the new voting machines print a paper ballot as the ballot of record. It is very important to carefully review the paper ballot to make sure it reflects your true choices, before finalizing your vote. The paper ballot will be used for recounts when needed, and for routine post-election audits that verify machine accuracy.

Watch this Delaware Department of Elections short demonstration video to see how to cast your vote using the new machines.

Voting and Elections Calendar

Visit the State of Delaware Election Calendars page to find Delaware's current and prior-year official election calendars.

Per Governor Carney's sixth and 15th modifications to his State of Emergency declaration, Delaware's April and May elections have been postponed, initially until June, but now until July 2020. The orders also provide for expanded use of absentee voting due to social distancing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

2020 is a Presidential Election year, with four state-wide elections in Delaware:
             - Presidential Primary: Tuesday April 28th, June 2, July 7, 2020, 7 am to 8 pm
             - School Board Election: Tuesday May 12th, June 16, July 21, 2020, 7 am to 8 pm
             - State Primary: Tuesday September 15th, 2020, polls open from 7 am to 8 pm
             - General Election: Tuesday November 3rd, 2020, polls open from 7 am to 8 pm
Municipal (city council) election dates vary, but typically are held between March and June, with April as the most common month.

How to Vote in Delaware State and Federal Elections

YOUR VOTE COUNTS (with flag pattern on face of button)Finding Your Polling Place: You can find your polling place on the online Voter Portal at (You will need to click on "Where do I vote on election day?")
ID Needed for Voting: Identification is required ONLY if you have registered using the National Voter Registration Form and thus did not supply it originally. In that case, the voter must present current identification which includes a current and valid photo ID that shows full name and address. If a photo ID cannot be produced, a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that shows full name and address will be accepted. Identification is also required the first time you vote in person or with an in person absentee ballot.
Absentee Ballot Process: To vote absentee, you must submit an affidavit to request a ballot and swear or affirm that you are unable to go to your regular polling place during the election. There are separate affadavits for each type of election and for each county. The affidavit can be obtained by phoning or writing the County Board of Elections or the affidavit may be downloaded from the Delaware Election Commission website.
Early Voting: You may vote by absentee ballot in-person at the County Board of Elections. Contact the Board of Elections office to determine when absentee ballots will be available and the hours for voting. Be sure to take proof of identity with you when you go to vote. In-office voting ends on the Monday before Tuesday election days.

Polling Place Hours: Polling place hours are 7:00 am to 8:00 pm. If you are in line waiting to vote at closing time, you may cast yout vote even if it is done after 8:00 pm.

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, use the Absentee Services links of the Voter Portal.

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. To see if you are eligible please contact (302)739-4277.

To Change your address or name: It is your responsibility to notify your County Department of Elections as soon as you move. If you haven't yet notified your County Department, you can still vote. Call your County Department of Elections or check the online Voter Portal to locate your new polling place. You may fill out a change of address in the Fail Safe Voting line at the polling place.

Candidate Services: Information for candidates for public office in Delaware including how to register to be a candidate, voter statistics, and past election reports as well as online Delaware state law resources about candidate activities and guidelines are here.

For information about voting and elections not covered above: Contact the County Department of Elections for information.

Voting in Municipal Elections

Town and city charters determine voter qualifications for municipal elections. Some allow property owners who are not full-time residents to vote and to serve on the local council or commission. Most municipal elections are held separately from general elections in the state in odd numbered years. Dates for these elections are listed on the county Municipal Elections page.
To vote in city or town elections you must register with the local jurisdiction. The Delaware League of Local Governments provides links to websites of local governments in Delaware. You can find contact information there.

To vote in city elections that are placed on the state general election ballot a person must be registered with the state before voting.

The state has established requirements for the conduct of municipal elections. There is a separate affidavit to apply for an absentee ballot in municipal elections. Contact the County Department of Elections for information.

Voting in School Board Elections

To vote in school board elections a person must be a resident in the school district holding the election and be at least 18 years of age. Advance registration is not necessary. You may vote by absentee ballot if you cannot be present on election day. Contact the County Department of Elections for information.
There are also a number of school referenda elections. Dates are available on the County Department of Elections calendar.