This page cites chapters, sections, and sub-sections of Delaware Code, Title 15. Chapters 30, 31 and 33 more fully explain the information listed below.

Qualifications for Offices
Office
Minimum Age
State Residency
Jurisdiction/District Residency
Delaware Code/Constitution Citation
U.S. Senator
30
-
9 Years (as a U.S. citizen)
U.S. Constitution; Article I, Section 3, Clause 3 [NOTE: Must be a resident of the state to which they are elected.]
Representative in Congress
25
-
7 Years (as a U.S. citizen)
U.S. Constitution; Article I, Section 2, Clause 2 [NOTE: Must be a resident of the state to which they are elected.]
Governor
30
6 Years
-
DE Constitution; Article III, Section 6 [NOTE: Also requires minimum 12 years as a US citizen/inhabitant.]
Lieutenant-Governor
30
6 Years
-
DE Constitution; Article III, Section 19 [NOTE: Section references same qualifications for office as for Governor.]
State Senator
27
3 Years
1 Year
State Representative
24
3 Years
1 Year
Clerk of the Peace
-
-
1 Year
Recorder of Deeds
-
-
1 Year
Register of Wills
-
-
1 Year
County Executive
(New Castle)
27
-
5 Years
President of County Council
(New Castle)
24
-
1 Year
County Council
(New Castle)
24
-
1 Year
County Council
(Sussex)
-
-
1 Year
Levy Court Commissioner
(Kent)
-
-
1 Year
Mayor (Wilmington)
30
-
2 Years
City Treasurer (Wilmington)
-
-
2 Years
President of City Council (Wilmington)
25
-
1 Year
City Council (Wilmington)
25
-
1 Year

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Party Qualifictions

Major political parties

  • Have at least 5% of the State's registered voters enrolled in the party on or before December 31 the year before a General Election. ( §101 (15) a)
  • Are the Democratic and Republican Parties.
  • Nominate candidates by direct primaries when two or more people file for an office. ( §3101A)
  • Set filing fees of no more than 1% of the total salary for the term of an office. ( §3103)
  • May nominate candidates for offices when no one has filed for the office. ( §3301 (d) (1))
  • Comply with the State's Campaign Finance Law. (Chapter 80)

Minor political parties

  • Have at least 1/10 of 1% of the State's registered voters enrolled in the party on or before 21 days before the Primary Election. ( §3001)
  • Nominate candidates at their county nominating convention on or before August 1 in the year of a General Election. ( §3301 (e))
  • File copies of the nominating resolutions with the Department of Elections on or before August 15 in the year of a General Election. ( §3301 (e))
  • Nominate candidates nominated at their county nominating convention to the Department of Elections on or before September 1 in the year of a General Election. ( §3303)
  • Comply with the State's Campaign Finance Law. (Chapter 80)

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Candidates

May run as

Major party candidates

  • Meet the qualifications for the office for which they file.
  • File a notice of candidacy with the Department of Elections on or before 12 Noon on the last Friday in July.
  • Pay the filing fee set by the party by check at the time he/she files.
  • May withdraw on or before 12 Noon on the first Friday in August and have their filing fee returned.
  • Run in a Primary if other people file as candidates for the same party for the same office.
  • Comply with the State's Campaign Finance Law. (Chapter 80)
  • File a notice of candidacy.

Minor party candidates

Unaffiliated candidates

Declared Write-in candidates

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Elections