State of Delaware Elections and Voting

Election Day is November 5

  • October 25                  First day of Early Voting
  • November 1                Deadline for election authority to receive application for absentee ballot
  • November 3                Last day of Early Voting
  • November 5                Deadline for voter registration (same-day registration is available at the polls)
  • November 5                Deadline for election authority to receive absentee ballots
  • November 5                Election Day


To register to vote in Delaware, you must:

  • Be a citizen of the United States
  • Be a resident of the state
  • Be 18 years old on or before the date of the next General Election.
  • Not have been adjudged mentally incompetent
  • Not currently be discharging a sentence for a felony
  • Not have been convicted of a disqualifying felony


How to register to vote:


Voter ID Requirements

You do not have to show ID to vote, but poll workers will ask you to show proof of identity. If you do not show ID, you must fill out a form before you can vote. Showing ID makes checking you in faster and reduces mistakes. IDs may include:

  • Delaware Drivers License or State ID
  • U. S. Passport
  • Signed Polling Place or Social Security Card
  • Signed vehicle registration
  • Signed credit card with photo
  • A similar document that identifies the person by photo or signature

Visit VoteRiders for more information on voter ID requirements in Delaware.


Absentee Voting

Voters may request an absentee ballot if they meet one of the qualifying reasons:

  • You are in the public service of the United States or the State of Delaware and are unable to come to the polls. This also applies to spouses or dependents who reside with or accompany public servants of the United States or of the State of Delaware or members of the Uniformed Services.
  • Your business or occupation prevents you from coming to the polls. This also applies to: persons providing care to a parent, spouse or child who is living at home and requires constant care, students, and otherwise eligible persons who are incarcerated.
  • You are sick, or temporarily or permanently physically disabled
  • You are on vacation
  • The tenets or teachings of your religion prevent you from coming to the polls

Complete and submit a Request for Vote by Mail Ballot to the Department of Elections Office in your county. You may get this form on the Department’s website, or apply online, or obtain one by contacting your county elections office.




Tribes in Delaware

Federally Recognized Tribes 

  • None

State Recognized Tribes

  • Lenape Indian Tribe of Delaware
  • Nanticoke Indian Tribe

Native Vote Coordinators

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Major Party Contact Information

Chair, Betsy Maron

Chair, Julianne Murray

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