Primary Election

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.

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.

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.

Which political parties are involved?

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

What are the key dates and deadlines?

  • Key dates and deadlines are here.

When is the last day to file?

  • Refer to key dates and deadlines here.

How and where do I file?

  • File by filling out a candidate filing form 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.

Who are the Primary Candidates?

How do I get an absentee ballot?

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.

Who can vote in a primary?

  • Only Democrats can vote in the Democratic Primary.
  • Only Republicans can vote in the Republican Primary.
  • The deadline to change party affiliation before the Primary is the last Friday in May.
  • You may change your party affiliation after the Primary.

Where do I vote?

I need help! Who do I contact?

Where do I find election results?