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Voting in Delaware Elections

2016 Voting and Elections Calendar

The Delaware Elections Commissioner has issued a draft calendar, from the date Delawareans could begin to register, leading up to Primary Election Day on September 13, General Election Day on November 8, 2016, and the deadline for candidates to submit their year-end campaign finance report on December 31, 2016. For other specifics such as registration deadlines, candidate filing and finance reporting deadlines, go here.

How to Register to Vote

To register on-line: Delaware now offers On-line Voter Registration here.

To check on the status of your on-line registration, go here.

To register by phone: Call your County Dept. of Elections at the number listed below to request a Registration Form.

To register by mail: Print, complete, sign, and mail this form to your County Department of Elections.

To Register in Person: Go to the office of your County Department of Elections:

Dept of Elections for New Castle County
Carvel State Office Building
820 N French St. Suite 400
Wilmington, DE 19801-3531
302-577-3464

Dept. of Elections for Kent County
100 Enterprise Place, Suite 500
Dover, DE 19904
302-739-4498

Dept. of Elections for Sussex County
119 N. Race Street
P. O. Box 457
Georgetown DE 19947
(302)856-5367

Or, you may register at any of these agencies: Division of Motor Vehicles, Department of Health & Social Services, Department of Labor.

Voting in County, State & Federal Elections

Finding Your Polling Place As we get closer to Election Day, you will be able to find your polling place, use VOTE411.

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 affidavits for each type of election and for each county. The affidavit can be obtained by phoning or writing your County Board of Elections (see links below) or your county's affidavit may be downloaded from the Delaware Election Commission site here.

Early Voting: You may vote by absentee ballot in-person at your 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, November 5 for the 2012 General Election. Find a link to your County Department of Elections below.

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 your vote even if it is done after 8:00 pm.

Provisional Voting: If you are a registered voter in your election district but your name does not appear on the official poll list, you may be able to vote by updating the record of a name or address change or by provisional ballot. Provisional ballots cover only federal offices such as President, Vice President, US Senate and US Congress. For details, go here

Voting Machines: The voting system used in Delaware is DRE. Direct Recording Electronic (DRE): This is the newest kind of system in use in the U.S. For information about using these machines, go here.

For Voters with Special Needs: All people qualified and desiring to vote must be given the opportunity to do so. It is the goal of the State of Delaware to provide all citizens with any necessary assistance to make that happen: Accessible polling places, Accessible voting machines, Voting by Absentee Ballot, Assistance at any point as a means of accommodation. For details, go here.

Administrative Complaints: If you experience a problem with voting systems standards, provisional voting or any other voting problem covered by Title III of the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA) and wish to register a formal complaint, there is a specific process to do so. Find details here.

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 your County Department of Elections. See links below.

Voting in Municipal Elections

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.

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 your County Department of Elections. See links below.

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 your County Department of Elections for information. See links below.

How to Contact Your County Department of Elections

Here is the contact information for the county departments of elections. Click on the relevant county to go directly to their site.

The Department of Elections for New Castle County Telephone: 302-577-3464

The Department of Elections for Kent County Telephone: 302-739-4498

The Department of Elections for Sussex County Telephone: 302-856-5367

VOTE411

Launched by the League of Women Voters Education Fund (LWVEF) in October of 2006, VOTE411 is a "one-stop-shop" for election related information. It provides nonpartisan information to the public with both general and state-specific information on all aspects of the election process.