When is Delaware's Primary?

  • Delaware's Primary is the second Tuesday after the first Monday in September.
  • Polls are open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m.

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Why are there Primary Elections?

  • Primary Elections choose candidates for the General Election when more people from the same party file for an office than can be elected.

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What offices are up for election?

  • Elected office schedule.
  • Note: the offices on the primary ballot are those for which more people from the same party have filed for an office than can be elected.

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Which political parties are involved?

  • Delaware's major political parties: the Democratic and Republican Parties.

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What are the key dates and deadlines?

  • Key dates and deadlines are here.

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When is the last day to file?

  • Refer to key dates and deadlines here.

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How and where do I file?

  • File by filling out a candidate filing form the letters pdf in a box and paying the filing fee.
  • Statewide candidates file at the State Election Commissioner's Office.
  • Legislative and county candidates file at the Department of Elections for the county where they live.
  • More information is on our Candidate Information Page.

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Who are the Primary Candidates?

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How do I get an absentee ballot?

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Where is my absentee ballot?

  • Absentee ballots will be sent starting about late July.
  • Check on the status of yours with the State's Voter Portal.
  • Call the Department.

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Who can vote in a primary?

  • Only Democrats can vote in the Democratic Primary.
  • Only Republicans can vote in the Republican Primary.
  • The last day to register to vote before the Primary is the 4th Saturday before the Primary.
  • The deadline to change party affiliation before the Primary is the last Friday in May.
  • You can register to vote and change your party affiliation after the Primary.

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Where do I vote?

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I need help! Who do I contact?

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Where do I find election results?

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