Delaware Citizens

What is absentee voting?

  • The way a person can vote who cannot go to a Polling Place on Election Day for a reason specified in the Delaware Code.
  • A person can vote absentee by mail or at the Department's office in their county.

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Who can vote by absentee ballot?

A person who:

  • Is registered to vote;
  • Fills out and signs an absentee affidavit;
  • Has the affidavit notarized if required; and
  • Cannot vote on Election Day because of the reason marked on the affidavit.

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What are the deadlines?

Important dates and deadlines for absentee voters
Date Information

January 1, 2016

The Department of Elections can begin to accept Absentee Affidavits for the 2016 Elections.

February 26, 2016

Last day to change your political party affiliation before the Presidential Primary Election.

April 2, 2016

Last day to register to vote in order to be eligible to vote in the Presidential Primary Election.

April 22, 2016

Last day that the Department's office in your county is required to mail Presidential Primary Election absentee ballots.

April 25, 2016 at 12 Noon

Deadline for a person to vote by absentee ballot before the Presidential Primary Election at the Department's office in your county.

April 26, 2016 at 8 p.m.

Deadline for the Department's office in your county to receive your absentee ballot for the Presidential Primary Election in order for it to be counted.

May 27, 2016

Last day to change your political party affiliation before the Primary Election.

Aug 20, 2016

Last day to register to vote in order to be eligible to vote in the Primary Election.

Sept 9, 2016

Last day the Department of Elections office in your county is required to mail Primary Election absentee ballots.

Sept 12, 2016 at Noon

Deadline for a person to vote by absentee ballot before the Primary Election at the Department's office in their county.

Sept 13, 2016 at 8 p.m.

Deadline for the Department's office in your county to receive your absentee ballot for the Primary Election in order for it to be counted.

Oct 15, 2016

Last day to register in order to be eligible to vote in the in the General Election.

Nov 4, 2016

Last day the Department of Elections office in your county is required to send General Election absentee ballots.

Nov 7, 2016 at Noon

Deadline for a person to vote by absentee ballot before the General Election at the Department's office in their county.

Nov 8, 2016 at 8 p.m.

Deadline for the Department's office in your county to receive your absentee ballot for the General Election in order for it to be counted.

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How can I get an absentee affidavit?

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Will the Department's office in my county mail an absentee ballot to me?

Yes, if:

  • You are registered to vote.
  • The Department's office in your county gets your affidavit at least 4 days before the election;
  • You filled out and signed your affidavit; and
  • You had it notarized if required

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Can I vote at the Department's office in my county?

Yes, if you:

  • Are registered to vote.
  • Go to the Department's office in your county:
    • Between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. on normal business days; or
    • Before 12 Noon the day before the election;
    • During extended hours as posted on the Department's office in your county's Web Site
  • Show proof of identity and address;
  • Fill out and sign an affidavit

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How do I return my voted ballot?

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What are the top 10 things I need to know about absentee voting?

  1. Get your ballot early. Do not wait until the last minute.
  2. Mail your voted ballot back as soon as you can.
  3. If you spoil or miss-mark your ballot contact the Department's office in your county.
  4. Fill in the ovals with blue or black ink. Do not use any other mark.
  5. Sign and date the ballot envelope.
  6. Only Democrats can vote in a Democratic Primary and Republicans in a Republican Primary.
  7. Have your affidavit notarized if your reason is in Section B.
  8. Only vote for one candidate for each office. (NOTE: You may vote for three candidates for Wilmington City Council-at-Large).
  9. Do not write on the ballot except to make your selections or correct a mistake.
  10. The Department counts almost all absentee ballots returned on time. A few ballots may not be counted for cause.

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What if I have a problem or question?

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How do I find the status of my ballot?

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