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Notice: Mail-in voting is a convenient and safe way to vote, but your ballot might not count if it’s submitted late or with errors. So follow the directions below on how to vote early or absentee and make your vote count in Delaware.
Excuse required to vote by mail.
Voting by mail is a two step process.
Step 1: Request your ballot NOW. The deadline to request a ballot by mail, which is open to all registered voters with no excuse required, is Tuesday, September 6th. Alternatively, if you are unable to vote for a qualifying reason, such as being out of town, a caregiver, or ill, you may request an absentee ballot. You must have an excuse to qualify to vote with an absentee ballot. If you qualify, you’ll need to apply for an absentee ballot no later than September 9th.
Step 2: Complete and return your ballot ASAP.
Remember to sign your return ballot. After completing your ballot, put it into the return envelope provided by the state. Sign and date the self-administered oath on the return envelope. Be sure that your signature matches your signature on file with the state! If you registered online or at the DMV, check the signature on your license. If the signature does not match, your ballot could be tossed and will not count.
If you return your ballot by mail, your postage is prepaid. You can also return your ballot via commercial delivery services, such as FedEx or UPS (at your expense).
You can also drop off your ballot in person at your local elections office, or drop box.
Any designated person can drop off a ballot for you.
If you decide to vote in person rather than use your mail-in or absentee ballot, take the following steps:
Delaware does not offer voters a chance to address challenges to their ballot. Your ballot will not count if it is late, or you do not follow directions.
Voters in Delaware must show ID at the polls to vote. Accepted IDs include:
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Your state automatically registers people to vote at their address of record when they interact with certain state agencies. If you have moved, changed your name or want to add a political party selection, you must update your voter registration. Click here to check to see if you are registered to vote, and update your registration if needed.
You can register to vote and cast your ballot on Election Day at your polling place or local elections office. Bring a valid ID and proof of residence with you.
You may go to your local elections office and request, fill out, and turn in an absentee ballot in person by 12 p.m. noon the day before Election Day.
Some states have laws that specifically allow citizens to preregister at a certain age while others allow registration as long as you’re 18 by the next election. Preregistration means you’ll be automatically registered to vote on your 18th birthday without taking any additional steps.
In Delaware, you can preregister to vote if you are 16. Register to vote today!
Some states even let you vote in their primaries at 17 if you’ll be 18 by the general election so you can participate in the whole process!
You can vote in the Delaware primaries if you are 17 by the next election.