State of Delaware Voting Requirements & Information

Statewide Voter Information

 

U.S. Domestic Voters

Registration

You can register to vote or update your registration information:

  • online
  • by mail
  • in person at your local election office

Election Day Voting

Polling places are open from 7am to 8pm on Election Day.

Find my polling place](https://ivote.de.gov/voterlogin.aspx)

Absentee Voting

Any registered voter can vote absentee by filling out and signing an absentee affidavit based on the following valid reasons:

  • You are sick, or temporarily or permanently physically disabled
  • Your business or occupation is providing care to your parent, spouse or child who is living at home and requires constant care.
  • You are on vacation.
  • You are in the public service of the US or the State of Delaware.
  • You are temporarily residing outside of the US and the District of Columbia.
  • You are absent from the state because of illness or injury received while serving in the armed forces of the U.S.
  • You are a member of the U. S. Armed Forces, the American Red Cross, the U. S. O. or the U. S. Merchant Marine.
  • You are a spouse or dependent residing with or accompanying a person temporarily residing outside the territorial limits of the United States and the District of Columbia.

An absentee affidavit can be obtained by mail or in person at your county department or online

You are eligible to vote in Delaware if you:

  • Are at least 18 years old by Election Day
  • Are a resident of Delaware
  • Are a U.S citizen

You are NOT eligible to vote in Delaware if:

  • You have been legally declared "mentally incompetent" by a court

Restorative Requirements

  • If you have been previously convicted of a felony crime, you may vote in Delaware if your voting rights have been restored

You may preregister to vote in Delaware

  • at the age of 17
  • at the age 16

Voter Registration

To register to vote in Delaware you should provide one of the following:

  • Your Delaware ID Number
  • Your Delaware Driver's License Number

If you do not have these IDs, you may provide:

  • Your Social Security Number

If you are registering to vote for the first time by mail, you will need to provide a copy of a valid ID. Acceptable forms of ID include:

  • Government Issued Document that shows your current name and address
  • Utility Bill, Bank Statement, Government Check, or Paycheck that Shows your current name and address
  • Current and Valid Photo ID

You can alternatively show one of these documents when you vote to complete your registration.

Voting In-Person

If you are registered to vote in Delaware, you are not required to show ID to vote, but it is recommended that you bring along with you an ID from this list:

  • Document showing Proof of Address
  • Polling Place Card

Domestic Voter

In-Person Mail Fax Email Online

Voter Registration

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Absentee Ballot Request

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Voted-Absentee Ballot Return

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Voters who are sick or disabled may be able to access a ballot online once the Department emails them credentials.

Overseas & Military Voters

Overseas Voters

U.S. citizens living abroad have the right to vote as absentee voters, provided they are eligible to vote in their state. If you are living outside of the U.S. permanently, indefinitely, or temporarily, your voting rights stay with you, even if you never voted when you lived in the U.S. To vote from overseas:

  • Complete and send an overseas voter registration/ballot request form to your election office in the U.S. This is one specific form that will register you as an overseas voter and request your absentee ballot – simultaneously.

Many states allow children who were born overseas, but never lived in the U.S., to use their U.S. parents’ last residence address to register.

Military Voters

Service members and their eligible family members living outside their voting jurisdiction (within or outside the U.S.) are able to vote as absentee voters.

  • If you are a service member, or an eligible family member, there is a single form to file for both voter registration and ballot request. It is often called the “Federal Post Card Application” or the FPCA form. This form must be re-filed with your election office each time you change location.

To vote as a service member or eligible family member:

  • Complete and send a voter registration/ballot request form “FPCA” to your election office in the U.S. It is the same form in all states.

Voting Military

Service members and their dependents may register and request a ballot using the federal voter registration/ballot request form ("FPCA"). You will have the following identification options when completing the form:

  • Last 4 Digits of your Social Security Number
  • Option to Indicate that you do not have the Requested ID
  • U.S. State or Territory or District Issued ID

Voting Overseas

U.S. citizens living overseas may register and request a ballot using the overseas voter registration/ballot request form. You will have the following identification options when completing the form:

  • Last 4 Digits of your Social Security Number
  • Option to Indicate that you do not have the Requested ID
  • U.S. State or Territory or District Issued ID

Overseas Voter

In-Person Mail Fax Email Online

Voter Registration

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Absentee Ballot Request

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Voted-Absentee Ballot Return

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If you sent your voter registration/ballot request form by fax or email, please send the original by mail, preferably with your ballot, for our records.

Military Voter

In-Person Mail Fax Email Online

Voter Registration

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Absentee Ballot Request

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Voted-Absentee Ballot Return

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Blank Ballot To Voter

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If you sent your voter registration/ballot request form by fax or email, please send the original by mail, preferably with your ballot, for our records.