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 Statement (Application);
  • Cannot vote on Election Day because of the reason marked on the application.

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What are the deadlines?

Important deadlines for voters
Date Event

Jan 1, 2020

The Department of Elections can begin to accept Absentee Statements (Applications) for the 2020 Elections.

April 4, 2020

Last day to register to vote before the April 28, 2020 Presidential Primary election.

May 29, 2020

Last day for registered voters to change their political party affiliation before the Primary Election.

Aug 22, 2020

Last day for unregistered citizens to register to vote before the September 15,2020 Primary Election.

Sept 11, 2020

The last day that Department of Elections' Offices must mail Primary Election absentee ballots.

Sept 14, 2020 at Noon

The last time that Department of Elections' Offices can issue absentee ballots for the Primary Election.

Sept 15, 2020 at 8 p.m.

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

Oct 10, 2020

Last day to register to vote before the General Election.

Oct 30, 2020

Last day Department of Elections' offices must mail General Election absentee ballots.

Nov 2, 2020 at Noon

The last time that Department of Elections' Offices can issue absentee ballots for the General Election.

Nov 3, 2020 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 statement (application)?

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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 application at least 4 days before the election; and
  • You filled out and signed your application

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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 application

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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. Only vote for one candidate for each office. (NOTE: You may vote for three candidates for Wilmington City Council-at-Large).
  8. Do not write on the ballot except to make your selections or correct a mistake.
  9. 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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