Delaware allows any voter to request a ballot by mail. You can also vote in person.
Who can vote
You have to register to vote before Election Day in Delaware.
You may register to vote in Delaware if you:
You may register to vote in Delaware if you:
- are a citizen of the United States;
- are a resident of Delaware; (Delaware is your home);
- will be 18 years old on or before the date of the next general election;
- have NOT been adjudged mentally incompetent (adjudged mentally incompetent refers to a specific finding in a judicial guardianship or equivalent proceeding, based on clear and convincing evidence that the individual has a severe cognitive impairment which precludes exercise of basic voting judgment);
- have NOT been convicted of a felony, unless you have completed your sentence;
- have NOT been convicted of a disqualifying felony and have not been pardoned.
- List of disqualifying 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 under the laws of any state or local jurisdiction, or of the United States, or of the District of Columbia; or any felony constituting a sexual offense, or any like offense under the laws of any state or local jurisdiction or of the United States or of the District of Columbia.
- You can find more information on voting rights restoration here
Vote in person
Due to COVID-19, in-person services may have limited availability. Contact your local election office to confirm. See CDC guidance on safe in-person voting.
Vote on Election Day
Voters in Delaware can look up where to vote on Delaware's site.
No early voting
Delaware does not offer an early voting period. If you will be unable to vote in person on Election Day, you can request an absentee ballot by mail or by visiting your local election office.
What to bring
- You will be asked to show ID to confirm your identity and residency to vote in Delaware. Acceptable forms include (but are not limited to): Delaware driver's license or state ID, US passport, Social Security Card, polling place card, bank statement, utility bill; or mail addressed to the voter at the address where registered.
- Voters without ID: If you are unable to provide ID, you will be asked to sign an affidavit of affirmation that you are the person listed in the pollbook.
- For more information, please visit VoteRiders.
Vote by mail
- Request your mail-in ballot with a mail ballot application.
- Fill out the application completely.
- Submit the request to your local election office.
- When your ballot arrives, read it carefully and follow the instructions to complete it and return it.
Additional option for voters in Delaware
Those who are sick or temporarily or permanently physically disabled may receive and return their ballot securely via email. For more information on this option, contact your county election office.
Election Day registration
Delaware does not offer registration on Election Day.
See what's on the ballot
Learn more about what will be on your ballot by visiting Ballotpedia.
Get step-by-step help
TurboVote can help you start the absentee/mail-in ballot request process, send you election reminders, and more. If you’d like more help planning how to vote, we can walk you through the process!
Military and overseas voters
Active-duty military, their families, and overseas citizens can register to vote and request their absentee ballot using the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). The FPCA process is done by mail, but your state may offer other options to request and return ballots. Please contact your election official for more information about delivery and return methods, including email, fax, and state online portals. To follow the FPCA process:
- Fill out the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), or download a copy. Your election official may have questions, so please provide an email address or phone number where they can reach you.
- Send the application to your election official.
- It is never too early to submit an FPCA! Please do so as soon as possible. .
- Please fill out and send back your ballot as soon as you receive it.
- States begin mailing absentee ballots at least 45 days before Election Day. If you haven't received your ballot by 30 days before Election Day, contact your county election office.
If after submitting your FPCA, your ballot does not arrive, contact your election official first. Then:
- You can still vote using the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB). Print, sign, and mail your FWAB to your county election office.
- If you mail a FWAB and then receive your regular absentee ballot, you should complete and mail your absentee ballot also. Election officials will ensure that only one ballot is counted.The Federal Voting Assistance Program
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