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Office of the State Election Commissioner

 

CALENDAR OF ELECTION EVENTS


2008 PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY     2008 GENERAL ELECTION



2008 PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY ELECTION CALENDAR

DATE

EVENT

Title 15 Section
Reference


August 15, 2007 to February 4, 2008
(12:00 Noon)

Period during which registered voter may submit affidavits requesting absentee ballots for the Presidential Primary to their respective Departments of Elections in each county.

15 Del. C.
5503(d)(4)


October 31, 2007
(4:30p.m.)

DEADLINE: Last day to change political party affiliation before Presidential Primary.

15 Del. C.
§3189


November 1, 2007 to February 5, 2008

CLOSED PERIOD FOR CHANGE OF POLITICAL PARTY AFFILIATION

15 Del. C.
§3189


November 10, 2007

The chairperson of any political party shall certify and forward to the Commissioner of Elections a copy of the party's rules by November 10, 2007.

15 Del. C.
§3185


December 10, 2007

DEADLINE: Last day for an individual to file to run for office in the Presidential Primary Election with the Commissioner of Elections. (Qualified by Petition)

15 Del. C.
§3183(a)


December 19, 2007

DEADLINE: for State Party Chairmen to submit the names of Candidates who have qualified for matching funds who are not already listed on the Presidential Primary ballot. (Qualified by Federal Matching Funds)

15 Del. C.
§3183(b)


December 20, 2007

DEADLINE: for filed Presidential Primary candidates to submit an affidavit to the State Election Commissioner to withdraw from the Presidential Primary Election.

15 Del. C.
§3183(b)


January 12, 2008

DEADLINE: to register to vote in the 2008 Presidential Primary Election.

15 Del. C.
§2036


January 21, 2008

DEADLINE: for military and overseas citizens to register to vote in order to be eligible to vote in the February 5, 2008 Presidential Primary.

15 Del. C.
§2036


February 5, 2008:

PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY ELECTION

Polls open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00p.m.

Only duly registered voters from participating parties may vote.

8 p.m.- Deadline for voters to return voted absentee ballots for the Presidential Primary Election to the appropriate Department of Elections.

State Constitution Reference Article V.

15 Del. C.
§ 5508(b)


February 7, 2008: 

DEADLINE: to make objections or disputes regarding the Presidential Primary to the Board of Elections for the county or counties as appropriate.

15 Del. C.
§3172(b)


February 6, 2008 to March 30, 2008

Open period for registered voters to change of Political Party Affiliation.

15 Del. C.
§2049(a)


March 31, 2008 to September 9, 2008

Closed period for Change of Political Party Affiliation.

15 Del. C.
§2049)


DATES PRECEDED BY AN "*" ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE

NOTICE: All political committees and candidate committees for those offices that earn over $1,000 per year or exceed $2,000 in campaign expenditures and/or contributions must file campaign finance reports with the State Election Commissioner UNDER PENALTY OF LAW. Campaign Finance inquiries should be directed to the State Election Commissioner. (302) 739-4277)

NOTICE: A person with a physical disability who is assigned to a Polling Place that is not accessible may request an alternate voting site. The person may be assigned to another polling place with the same ballot or be provided with an alternative means for casting a ballot on the day of the election. The request must be made in advance at least 20 days prior to the date of an election. The request must be addressed to the Department of Elections in the county in which the person resides.


 

2008 GENERAL ELECTION CALENDAR up arrow


DATE

EVENT

Title 15 Section
Reference


December 31, 2007

Campaign Finance Year-end reports close out on December 31, 2007 for all CANDIDATES and COMMITTEES.

15 Del. C.
§8030(b)(1)


January 1, 2008 through July 15, 2008

Person wishing to run as unaffiliated with a political party may circulate petitions.

15 Del. C.
§3002(d)


January 20, 2008 

DEADLINE Year-end Campaign Finance reports must be filed by 4:30 p.m., January 20, 2008 with the State Election Commissioner or postmarked on or before January 20, 2008.

15 Del. C.
§8030(c)(1)


February 6, 2008 through March 31, 2008

Registered voters may change party affiliation.

15 Del. C.
§2049(a)


March 31,2008

DEADLINE to change political party affiliation before State Primary Election.

15 Del. C.
§2049(a)


April 1, 2008 through September 9, 2008

Period when registered voters may not change political party affiliation.

15 Del. C.
§2049(a)


July 1, 2008

Deadline for Political Party Chairpersons to set filing fees and notify the State Election Commissioner and the Department of Elections for the County. Fees may be no more than 1% of the total salary for the term of the office.

15 Del. C.
§3103(b)
§3106


July 15, 2008

Deadline for petitions to be circulated by unaffiliated candidates.

15 Del. C.
§3002(d)


July 25, 2008
12 Noon

DEADLINE for an individual to file for a Statewide Office, the General Assembly, a County Office or a Wilmington Municipal Office. A check in the correct amount payable to the candidate's political party committee must bepresented to the State Election Commissioner for Statewide Candidates and to the Department of Elections for County in which they reside for all other candidates at the time the notification of candidacy is filed.

15 Del. C.
§3101(1)
§3103


August 1, 2008
12 Noon

DEADLINE for filed candidates to withdraw or file for a different office without forfeiting filing fees. A $50.00 fee will be levied after this date if no filing fee was required.

15 Del. C.
§101(2)
§3101(4)
§3106(c)


August 10, 2008

Campaign Finance 30-Day Primary Election Reports close out August 10, 2008 for all CANDIDATES and COMMITTEES.

15 Del. C.
§8030(b)(2)


August 12, 2008 4:30 p.m.

DEADLINE 30-Day Campaign Finance Reports must be filed by 4:30 p.m., August 12, 2008 with the State Election Commissioner or postmarked on or before August 12, 2008.

15 Del. C.
§8030(c)(2)


August 16, 2008

Last date for all State Party Chairpersons to request list of voters eligible to vote in the Statewide Primary Election.

15 Del. C.
307(b)
307(c)


August 16, 2008

VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINE
TO BE ELIGIBLE TO VOTE IN
THE 2008 STATE PRIMARY ELECTION.

15 Del. C.
§2036


August 19, 2008

Deadline for Minor Parties wishing to be on the ballot to have the required number of registered voters. Five One-Hundredths of 1% of the total number of registered voters in the state as of December 31, 2007.

15 Del. C.
§3001


August 25, 2008

Last Day for Military and Overseas Citizens to register to vote in order to vote in the Primary Election.

15 Del. C.
§1902


August 26, 2008

Complete list of registered voters eligible to vote in the Primary Election is available from the State Election Commissioner.

15 Del. C.
§307(b)


September 1, 2008

Campaign Finance 8-Day Primary Election Reports close out September 1, 2008 for CANDIDATES and COMMITTEES.

15 Del. C.
§8030(c)(3)


September 2, 2008

Deadline for political party officials to file Certificate of Nomination for candidates for offices for which there is no Primary election.

Certificates for Statewide candidates must be filed with the State Election Commissioner and for all other candidates with the Departments of Elections for their respective County.

DEADLINE for Unaffiliated Candidates to file and submit Petitions. Petitions must be circulated and executed between January 1 and July 15, 2008. For statewide offices the petition is filed with the Commissioner of Elections

For non-statewide offices, the petition is filed with the applicable Department of Elections for their respective County.

15 Del. C.
§3303

§3002(b)
§3002(d)


September 3, 2008 4:30 p.m.

DEADLINE 8-Day Campaign Finance Reports must be filed by 4:30 p.m., September 3, 2008 with the State Election Commissioner. POSTMARK DATES ARE NOT ACCEPTED FOR 8-DAY REPORTS.

15 Del. C.
§8030(b)
§8030(c)


September 5, 2008

Last day the Department of Elections for each County is required to mail an absentee ballot.

15 Del. C.
§5504


September 8, 2008 12 Noon

In office absentee voting ends.

15 Del. C.
§5503


September 9, 2008

STATE PRIMARY ELECTION.

Polls open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Only duly registered voters from participating parties may vote.

15 Del. C.
§3101A

§3104
PL 97-205


September 9, 2008 8 p.m.

DEADLINE for voters to return voted absentee ballots for the Primary Election to the appropriate Department of Elections.

15 Del. C.
§5508


September 10, 2008
through
October 11, 2008

Registered voters may change Political Party affiliation.

15 Del. C.
§2049(a)


September 11, 2008 8 p.m.

DEADLINE to report any objection or dispute concerning the Primary Election to the Department of Elections for the County.

15 Del. C.
§3172(b)


October 5, 2008

Campaign Finance 30-Day General Election reports close out October 5, 2008 for CANDIDATES and COMMITTEES.

15 Del. C.
§8030(b)(2)


October 7, 2008
4:30 p.m.

DEADLINE 30-Day Campaign Finance reports must be filed by 4:30 p.m., October 7, 2008 with the State Election Commissioner or postmarked on or before October 7, 2008.

15 Del. C.
§8030(c)(2)


October 7, 2008

DEADLINE for State Party Chairperson to request in writing from the State Election Commissioner the supplemental list of voters eligible to vote in the General Election.

15 Del.C.
§304


October 11, 2008

DEADLINE to change political party affiliation before General Election.

15 Del. C.
§2049(a)


October 11, 2008

VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINE TO BE ELIGIBLE TO VOTE IN THE 2008 GENERAL ELECTION.

15 Del. C.
§2036


October 12, 2008 through November 4, 2008

Period when registered voters may not change political party affiliation.

15 Del. C.
§2049(a)


October 20, 2008

Last Day for Military and Overseas Citizens to register to vote in order to vote in the General Election.

15 Del. C.
§1902(c)


October 22, 2008

Supplemental lists of registered voters available from the State Election Commissioner for State Political Parties or Designees.

15 Del. C.
§307(b)


October 27, 2008

Campaign Finance 8-Day General Election reports close out October 27, 2008 for CANDIDATES and COMMITTEES.

15 Del. C.
§8030(b)(3)


October 29, 2008 - 4:30 p.m.

Campaign Finance 8-day General Election reports must be filed by 4:30 p.m. with the State Election Commissioner. Postmark dates are not accepted for 8-day reports.

15 Del. C.
§8030(c)(3)


October 31, 2008

Last day the Departments of Elections for each County is required to mail an absentee ballot.

15 Del. C.
§5504(b)


November 1, 2008

Supplemental Poll Lists are available to principal political parties from the Departments of Elections

15 Del. C.
§304(d)


November 3, 2008 12 Noon

In-office Absentee Voting ends.

15 Del. C.
§5503(a)


November 4, 2008

GENERAL ELECTION

Polls open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

State Constitution ART V


November 4, 2008    8 P.M.

DEADLINE for voters to return voted absentee ballots for the General Election to the appropriate Department of Elections.

15 Del. C.
§5508(b)


November 5, 2008

Voters may begin to change their political party affiliation.

15 Del. C.
§2049(a)


November 6, 2008 10 A.M.

Board of Canvass meets - Superior Court in each County.

State Constitution ART V
15 Del. C.
§5701(a)
§5901


20 days prior to the
first meeting of the
General Assembly

DEADLINE for giving notice to contest the election of a member of the General Assembly.

15 Del. C.
§5901


December 31, 2008

Campaign Finance Year-End reports close out December 31, 2008 for all candidates and committees.

15 Del. C.
§8030(b)(1)


January 20, 2009 4:30 p.m.

DEADLINE Year-End Campaign Finance reports must be filed by 4:30 p.m., January 20, 2009 with the State Election Commissioner or postmarked on or before January 20, 2009.

15 Del. C.
§8030(c)(1)



DATES PRECEDED BY AN "*" ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE

NOTICE: All political committees and candidate committees for those offices that earn over $1,000 per year or exceed $2,000 in campaign expenditures and/or contributions must file campaign finance reports with the State Election Commissioner UNDER PENALTY OF LAW. Campaign Finance inquiries should be directed to the State Election Commissioner. (302) 739-4277)

NOTICE: A person with a physical disability who is assigned to a Polling Place that is not accessible may request an alternate voting site. The person may be assigned to another polling place with the same ballot or be provided with an alternative means for casting a ballot on the day of the election. The request must be made in advance at least 20 days prior to the date of an election. The request must be addressed to the Department of Elections in the county in which the person resides.


Approved 11/14/2007

Last Updated: Monday, 21-Apr-2008 12:07:28 EDT
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