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Voting and Elections

Are you registered to vote? Do you want to change your party, your address, your name?

Register to Vote, Change Name or Party

How to Register: Delaware provides several convenient ways to register:
  • On-line
  • By Mail or
  • In Person at any one of numerous state office locations
  • At institutions of higher education when you register for classes.

For details go to ivote.de.gov.

Eligibility: To be eligible to vote in the State of Delaware, you must be:

  • United States Citizen
  • Resident of Delaware (proof required)
  • 18 years of age

Exceptions: You may not vote in Delaware if:
  • You have been formally judged mentally incompetent
  • If you are a felon and have not completed his/her sentence or were convicted of a disqualifying felony and have not been pardoned. Disqualitying 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; or
  • Any felony constituting a sexual offense, or any like offense.

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

Note: Legislation enacted in 2010 allows 16 year olds to register to vote through the Division of Motor Vehicles at the time they first apply for their driver's license. However, they will not be allowed to vote unless they have turned 18 before the next general election.

Registration Deadline: The voter registration deadline for the September primary election is August 11, 2018, and it is August 20, 2018 for overseas citizens and military. The voter registration deadline for the general election is October 13, 2018, and it is October 22, 2018 for overseas citizens and military members.

Note: You may register to vote anytime during the fourth Sunday before presidential primary, non-presidential primary and general election through the respective election. You may change your political party affiliation except during the closed period to each primary or presidential primary election.

ID Needed for Voter Registration: Identification is not necessary to register to vote if you use the National Voter Registration Form. However, when registering with the department of elections or at an alternate approved location, current identification is required. The identification must include current and valid photo ID that shows full name and address. If that is not available, you may submit a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows full name and address.

For voters without a fixed address: Anyone lacking a fixed residence or who is homeless and is otherwise qualified to vote in Delaware may register by completing the proper registration forms and providing two pieces of identification containing his/her name; one of the pieces must include the mailing address on the application, which may be a shelter or agency.

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, go here.

To Change your address or name: You can change your address or name at any time before the election on at the polling place. See instructions on how to register above for ways to do this prior to the election.

To Change Your Party Affiliation: You may affiliate with a party when you register to vote. If you do not affiliate with any party, you will be registered as "unaffiliated" and will not be able to vote in a Primary Election.

You may change your political party affiliation (including from "unaffiliated" to a party):

  • Before a Primary Election: anytime except from the last Saturday in May through the date of the Primary.
  • Before a Presidential Primary: anytime except for 59 days before the Presidential Primary through the date of the election.

To verify your voter registration status Contact your County Board of Elections.

Voting

Find information about voting and elections including how to find your polling place here.