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 deadlines for voters
Date Event

Jul 1, 2018

The Department of Elections can begin to accept Absentee Affidavits for the 2018 Elections.

May 25, 2018

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

Aug 11, 2018

Last day to register to vote before the Primary Election.

Sept 4, 2018

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

Sept 5, 2018 at Noon

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

Sept 6, 2018 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 13, 2018

Last day to register to vote before the General Election.

Nov 2, 2018

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

Nov 5, 2018 at Noon

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

Nov 6, 2018 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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