School Elections

Absentee Voting Process & COVID-19 Quick Reference Guide For School Elections

Please Note: During the current State of Emergency, voters are permitted to vote by absentee for the reason: "I am sick, or physically disabled" if they are impacted by COVID-19.This includes those who are practicing self-quarantining or social distancing. This is the fourth check box on the right on the Public School Elections absentee ballot application.

The full text of the applicable language from the Governor's Order


School Election Absentee Ballot Applications

Complete Your Application By iVote
Please note: The most convenient method for registered voters to request a school election absentee ballot (school board and referendum) is to visit the voter portal: iVote.de.gov Absentee ballots for school elections are only sent by U.S. Mail because the Delaware Code does not permit electronic delivery or return of school election ballots.


Fillable/Downloadable Absentee Ballot Applications

1. This was designed for and works best if you have Adobe Reader as your default PDF viewer. Other PDF viewers may provide similar capabilities.

2. Select the School Board Election or Referendum for which you are eligible to vote.

3. Fill out the ballot application completely. You must sign the form.

  • In Adobe Reader, select at the top of the page, use one of the two methods to sign the form, then select “Attach to email”, and send the email to the Department of Elections Office in your county, or

  • In other PDF viewers, select the sign function, sign the form, and then select “Attach to email” and send the email to the Department of Elections Office in your county, or

  • Print the form, sign it and then return it to the Department of Elections Office in your county by email, FAX or mail

4. You will receive your ballot in the mail. When it arrives, complete it by filling in oval next to your choice(s) with a pen with dark blue or black ink

5. Fold and put the voted ballot in the Return Envelope received with the ballot, moisten the return envelope flap – DON’T LICK, seal the envelope, read the oath on the envelope, sign the oath, and drop the envelope in U.S. Mail. (NOTE: The envelope is addressed & return postage is paid.)


Please Note: Absentee ballot requests for school elections are fulfilled by U.S. Mail. After your ballot application is received and processed by your elections, you will receive your ballot, instructions for completing your ballot, and a postage-paid return envelope.


Here's a short video on how to complete and submit the Absentee Ballot Application:

  • Kent County
  • New Castle County

  • Sussex County

  • Note:

    If this does not work on your computer, you also may download the completed form & then attach it to an email to your county elections office, or print out the form, complete it, and then scan it or take a photo & email it back to your county elections office:

    To open and view the form, you need to have a pdf reader such as Adobe Reader


    Note:

    If you have trouble viewing the absentee ballot application, contact the Department of Elections for your county for assistance.

    • Kent County Office: 302-739-4498
    • New Castle County Office: 302-577-3464
    • Sussex County Office: 302-856-5367


    The Department of Elections for each county has responsibility for conducting Public School Elections as specified in Delaware Code, Title 14. The school districts for which each Department of Elections is responsible is listed on the School District Responsibility Page. Mailing addresses and other contact information for the Departments of Elections for each county is on the Contact Information page.

    Each Department of Elections posts information regarding Public School Elections on their WEB sites. Visit the appropriate Department of Elections WEB site for information about a specific Public School Election. In some instances, the Departments direct questions and inquiries to the respective Department.

    This page provides information regarding absentee voting in Public School Elections within Delaware. Topics include:


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    Eligibility to vote by absentee ballot

    To vote by Absentee Ballot in public school elections, you must:

    • Be a citizen of the United States;
    • Be a resident and citizen of the State of Delaware;
    • Reside within the school district for which the election is being conducted;
    • Be 18 years of age or older; and
    • Complete and sign an Affidavit for Absentee Ballot for Public School Elections; and
    • Be unable to go to the polls on the day of the election for one of the reasons listed below.

    Reasons to vote by absentee ballot.

    • You are temporarily or permanently physically disabled.
    • You are in the public service of the U.S. or the State of Delaware.
    • You are a qualified citizen, spouse, or dependent residing with or accompanying a person who is in the service of the U. S. or the State of Delaware.
    • Due to the nature of your business or occupation.
    • You are sick.
    • You are incarcerated.
    • Due to the tenets of your religion.
    • You are absent from the district while you are on vacation.
    • You are temporarily residing outside of the U.S. and the District of Columbia.
    • Due to illness or injury received while serving in the Armed Forces of the United States.
    • You are a member of the armed forces.
    • You are a member of the American Red Cross or U.S.O.
    • You are a member of the U.S. Merchant Marine.

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    Absentee voting process

    By mail:

    • Obtain an Affidavit for Absentee Ballot for Public School Elections from the Department of Elections for the county conducting the election. You may pick up an affidavit at the respective Department or request in writing or by telephone that the Department mail an affidavit to you. Affidavits requested prior to 4 p.m. will in most circumstances be mailed the same day. Some counties provide a downloadable Affidavit.
    • Complete and return the Affidavit for Absentee Ballot for Public School Elections so that it arrives at the Department of Elections for the county conducting the election no later than noon the 4th day prior to the election. The Department of Elections for the county conducting the election will mail you the Absentee Ballot for the appropriate public school election as soon as the ballot is available.
    • Complete and return the ballot so that it arrives at the Department of Elections for the county conducting the election no later than 8 p.m. the day of the election. Ballots received after 8 p.m. on the day of the election will not be counted.

    In person:

    • Go to the Department of Elections for the county conducting the election with proof of identity and address on any normal business day between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. until two days before the day of the election and between 8:30 a.m. and 12 Noon on the day before the election.
    • Present proof of identity and address to the Department of Elections staff member.
    • Complete an Affidavit for Absentee Ballot for Public School Elections.
    • Vote your ballot.

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    Hints about the process

    • Obtain and submit your Affidavit for Absentee Ballot for Public School Elections as soon as possible but no later than 10 days before the election.
    • Put your phone number and e-mail address on the affidavit so that Department staff can contact you quickly if there is a problem with the affidavit that you submitted.
    • If there is less than a week before the election, go to the the respective Department of Elections to vote in person.
    • Contact the Department of Elections conducting the election if you do not receive your ballot within a reasonable time.
    • Follow the instructions on completing and mailing your ballot. Make sure that the Voucher Envelope (the one that you date and sign) is sealed, and that you date it and sign it.
    • Put the ballot in the mail in sufficient time so that it will arrive at the Department of Elections conducting the election before the day of the election. If you do not think that there is sufficient time for the mail system to get the the ballot to the Department of Elections conducting the election, deliver it to the Department or have someone deliver it to the Department for you.

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