The Voter Services committee is focused on providing resources to Sussex County residents to encourage civic engagement and participation in the elective process. The committee’s outreach programs includes voter registration and voter education opportunities aimed at arming residents with the tools they need to feel empowered and make informed election decisions. Our goal is to increase Sussex County voter turnout to improve our representative democracy because “Democracy can not be a spectator sport”.
The Voter Services committee has released a Citizen's Guide to Registration and Voting called This Way to the Polls 2018. It provides information on what you need to register, where to register, where to vote, what to do at the polling place, absentee voting, etc. The Citizen's Guide to Registration and Voting can be found here.
The League of Women Voters has developed VOTE411, a fair and impartial (politically neutral) source of election information. This online tool is provided as a free public service to the voters of Delaware and around the country. The League wants voters to visit www.VOTE411.org prior to elections, to more fully inform themselves before voting.
On Vote41.org, you can create your personalized voters' guide by entering your address to find everything you need to vote! With your personalized guide, you will:
- see everything that will be on your ballot,
- compare candidates' positions side-by-side,
- print out a personalized ballot with your choices to take with you on Election Day.
Register to Vote
Are you registered to vote? Do you want to change your party, your address, your name? Go to iVote.DE.gov to register online or to find out how to change personal information, how to vote by absentee ballot, what to do if you are overseas in the military, etc. You can also register to vote at the Sussex County Department of Elections, online, via mail, or in person at 119 N. Race St, P.O. Box 457, Georgetown, DE 19947. Or you may register at any of these agencies if you have other business there: Division of Motor Vehicles, Department of Health & Social Services, and the Department of Labor.
Delaware Election Calendar
The 2018 Delaware Election Calendar lists important dates and deadlines concerning the election process. The information is relevant to both candidates and the general public. Click here to access the calendar.
Extensive information about Delaware state goverment can be located online. The website, https://delaware.gov, lists state officials with links for contacting them. Additionally, links are provided for other government officials, agencies, and services. There is also a link to assist you in determining your representatives. The Delaware General Assembly website, legis.delaware.gov, provides a legislative calendar, information on bills and legislation, Delaware laws, and committees. Links to State Senators and their districts can be found here, and Representaives here.
Voting in Municipal and School District Elections
Town and city charters determine voter qualifications for municipal elections. Some allow property owners who are not full-time residents to serve on the local council or commission. Most municipal elections are held separately from general elections in the state. 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 25 incorporated local governments in Sussex County, each with its own local mayor and council or commission. 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.
School board elections are held in May. To vote in school board elections a person must be a citizen and a resident in the school district holding the election and be at least 18 years of age. Advance registration is not necessary. Contact your local school board for more information. A listing of Susssex County public school with links to the district websites can be found here.
Sussex County Government
The Delaware General Assembly granted Sussex County home rule in the early 1970s, converting the old Levy Court into the current Sussex County Council comprised of five members elected in and for specific geographic districts for four years. This forms the legislative authority of the county, which appoints a "County Administrator" who oversees the executive branch departments. Information on the government structure, administration, department listings, etc. can be found on the Sussex County website. County council members along with their district maps are listed there as well as the traditional "Row Offices" of Clerk of the Peace, Recorder of Deeds, Register of Wills, and Sheriff who are all elected at large. Appointed boards and commissions are listed, including the Planning and Zoning Commission and the Board of Adjustment which play particularly important roles in administering county land use ordinances.
Sussex County has an audio/visual system for broadcasting meeting events. To watch a broadcast, please click on this link and then select "Watch" from the options on the left in order to view the broadcast in full-screen mode.