Uniformed and overseas voters
David Gilefski in the Department of Elections office in New Castle County
- Phone: (302) 577-5066
- 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.
- 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 their county informed of their 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.
- Write "Make me a permanent absentee voter" in section 6 of the FPCA.
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.
- 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:
- The "Uniformed service and overseas citizen voter" section of Delaware's online system
- The Federal Voting Assistance WEB Site
- The Overseas Vote Foundation
- This site
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.
- 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.
- Before every General Election.
- An FPCA requesting an absentee ballot is good through the next General Election.
- 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.
- Contact the Department's office in your county, or
- Fill out and send in a Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (FWAB).
- Prepare your ballot, cover sheet and oath to return by email depending on how you received your ballot - mail, email, fax.
- View documentation about the process.
- Create an EGRESS account. Once you create an account you do not have to do it again.
- Scan the cover sheet, your voted ballot and the oath onto your computer if necessary.
- Sign-in to your EGRESS account.
- Under Account Summary select - New Secure Email
- Address the email to your county Department of Elections.
- Use - Voted Absentee Ballot - as the Subject line.
- Attach the images of the cover sheet, ballot and oath to the email.
- Send the email to your county Department of Elections.
- The Office receiving the ballot will confirm they received your voted ballot.
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.
- By downloading it;
- From a Voting Assistance Officer;
- From a United States embassy or consulate;
You should unblock emails from the following addresses depending on your county:
- Kent County: Courtney.Rice@delaware.gov
- New Castle County: Sarah.Denzmore@delaware.gov, David.Gilefski@delaware.gov & Gerena.Johnson@delaware.gov
- Sussex County: Jennifer.J.Williams@delaware.gov