Uniformed and overseas voters

Who is Delaware's single point of contact?

Howard Sholl in the Department of Elections office in New Castle County

  • Phone: (302) 577-5066

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Who is a Uniformed Service or overseas voters?

  • A Uniformed Service member;
  • A Uniformed Service family member; or
  • A person who lives outside the United States.

Ask the Department of Elections office in your county if you have questions.

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What is a permanent absentee voter?

  • A person who is disabled, a uniformed service member, a uniformed service family member, or a person who lives outside the United States and who requests permanent absentee status.
  • A voter who is automatically sent an absentee ballot for every election in which he/she is eligible to vote.
  • A permanent absentee voter does not have to apply for every election.
  • A permanent absentee voter must keep the Department's office in his/her county informed of his/her address, email address and other contact information.

A person remains a permanent absentee voter until:

  • Return of correspondence to the Department as undeliverable,
  • The person's death or disqualification,
  • Cancellation of the person's voter registration,
  • Upon request by the voter, or
  • If the person is no longer eligible for permanent absentee status.

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How do I become a permanent absentee voter?

  • Write "Make me a permanent absentee voter" in section 6 of the FPCA.

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Who can help me?

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How do I register and get my absentee ballot?

Use Vote Delaware to complete an FPCA and then follow the directions to return it to the Department's office in your county, or

Send a filled out Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) to the Department's office in your county.

  • Send it no later than the 3rd Monday before an election.
  • Your application is good through the next General Election.
  • We suggest you send it before August 1st in an election year, or January 1 in the year in which a President is elected.
  • Send a new FPCA to change your party affiliation, email address, mailing address, name change or voting address.

Hints:

  • Register as a Democrat or Republican to vote in the respective primary.
  • Change your party affiliation on or before the last Friday in May in the year of a General Election.
  • Change your party affiliation at least 60 days before the date of Delaware's Presidential Primary.
  • Always include a phone number, FAX number and/or email address.
  • Overseas voters will get a full ballot if overseas temporarily.
  • Overseas voters must give their overseas address.
  • Overseas voters can give a forwarding address if they want their ballot sent to an address other than their overseas address.

Get an FPCA from:

Send the filled out FPCA to the Department's office in your county:

  • By mail; FAX or email.
  • Send it by air mail if you mail it at a foreign post office.
  • Use the correct postage if you mail it at a foreign post office.

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Do I have to re-register?

  • No. Voter registration is permanent.
  • You should update your registration information by sending a new FPCA if you change your mailing address, voting address, email address, name and/or party affiliation.

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When do I have to reapply for an absentee ballot?

  • Before every General Election.
  • An FPCA requesting an absentee ballot is good through the next General Election.

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How do I get my ballot electronically?

  • Mark the email or FAX box on the FPCA; and
  • Write an email address or FAX number on the FPCA.
  • The Department's office for your county will send you a ballot or tells you how to get it.
  • Follow the instructions sent with your ballot.

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What do I do if I don't get my absentee ballot?

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How do I vote and send back my ballot?

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What is a Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (FWAB)?

It is a ballot you can send to the Department's office in your county:

  • If you do not have time to have a ballot sent to you; or
  • If you do not get your ballot in time.
  • It is also a registration request if sent on or before the third Monday before an election.
  • The Departments do not count an FWAB if it gets a person's regular ballot.

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Where can I get a Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot?

  • By downloading it;
  • From a Voting Assistance Officer;
  • From a United States embassy or consulate;

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What are the key dates and deadlines for military and overseas citizen voters?

Important deadlines for military and overseas citizen voters
Date Event

Nov 9, 2016

The Department of Elections can begin to accept Absentee Affidavits for the 2018 Elections from uniformed service members and citizens living outside the U.S..

May 25, 2018

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

July 20, 2018

Last day for Department of Elections' offices to send Absentee Ballots for the Primary Election to uniformed service members and citizens living outside the U.S. who had applied on or before this day.

Aug 1, 2018

Last day for Department of Elections' offices to send Special Absentee Ballots.

Aug 20, 2018

Last day for uniformed service members and citizens living outside the U.S. 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.

Sept 21, 2018

Last day for Department of Elections' offices to send Absentee Ballots for the General Election to military and overseas voters who had applied on or before this day.

Oct 22, 2018

Last day for uniformed service members and citizens living outside the U.S. 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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What email addresses should I unblock?

You should unblock emails from the following addresses depending on your county:

  • Kent County: betty.greco@state.de.us
  • New Castle County: sarah.denzmore@state.de.us, howard.sholl@state.de.us & gerena.johnson@state.de.us
  • Sussex County: wayne.osborn@state.de.us

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