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.
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.
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