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How to Register to Vote

Register Online

You’ll need a Delaware driver’s license number or Delaware ID number. If you don’t have one, you’ll need your Social Security number to register online.

Register Online


Check if you’re registered to vote

ivote.de.gov

1. Get the voter registration form.

Download and print the form or call the Department of Elections at (302) 577-3464 and ask for a form to be mailed to you.

Get the form


2. Fill out the form

Step 1 · Confirm that you’re a US citizen

Steps 2–3 · Provide your name and date of birth

Step 4 · Provide your Delaware driver’s license or ID Number. If you don’t have one, provide your Social Security number.

Step 5 · (Optional) Provide your telephone number

Step 6 · Provide your political party affiliation or indicate that you’re not affiliated with a political party

Step 7 · Provide your residential address, and the name of the development, county, and school district you live in

Step 8 · (Optional) Provide your email address

Step 9 · (If applicable) Provide your mailing address (if different)

Step 10 · (If applicable) If you’re registered to vote in another state, provide the name and address that you used to register

Step 11 · Sign and date the form

Step 12 · If you’re registering for the first time in Delaware, you must include a copy of one of the following documents:

  • Current photo ID
  • Current utility bill
  • Bank statement
  • Government check
  • Paycheck
  • Other government document that shows your name and address

3. Send the form.

Your completed form must be postmarked by Oct 15 and sent to the Delaware Department of Elections:

Delaware Department of Elections, New Castle County Office
Carvel State Office Building
820 N. French Street, Suite 400
Wilmington, DE 19801-3531


Check if you’re registered to vote

ivote.de.gov

1. Get the voter registration form.

Get the form at the Department of Elections, DMV offices (when you apply for, renew, or update your Driver’s License or State ID), State Service Centers such as the Department of Health and Social Services, and many other government offices.


2. Fill out the form

Step 1 · Confirm that you’re a US citizen

Steps 2–3 · Provide your name and date of birth

Step 4 · Provide your Delaware driver’s license or ID Number. If you don’t have one, provide your Social Security number.

Step 5 · (Optional) Provide your telephone number

Step 6 · Provide your political party affiliation or indicate that you’re not affiliated with a political party

Step 7 · Provide your residential address, and the name of the development, county, and school district you live in

Step 8 · (Optional) Provide your email address

Step 9 · (If applicable) Provide your mailing address (if different)

Step 10 · (If applicable) If you’re registered to vote in another state, provide the name and address that you used to register

Step 11 · Sign and date the form


3. Return the form.

Your completed form must be returned in person by Oct 15 to the Department of Elections at:

Department of Elections
Carvel State Office Building
820 N. French Street, Suite 400
Wilmington, DE 19801-3531

Or, return it to the other government office where you picked up the form.


Check if you’re registered to vote

ivote.de.gov

Registration requirements

  • Be a US citizen
  • Be a permanent resident of Delaware
  • Be at least 18 years old by Election Day, Nov 8
  • Not be judged mentally incompetent by a court
  • Not have been convicted of a felony, though you may be eligible to vote if you have been pardoned or you’ve been released from jail or prison, are no longer on probation, and have paid all fees and costs required by your sentence
Online
October 15

Mail
October 15

In Person
October 15

How to Vote

Vote early

Vote by absentee ballot in person before Nov 7. Contact your County Department of Elections to find out the first day absentee ballots will be available to vote in person in your county.

Bring a copy of accepted ID.


Vote on Election Day
Nov 8

Polls are open 7 AM–8 PM. If you’re in line at your polling location by 8 PM, you’re allowed to vote.

Bring a copy of accepted ID (not required, but speeds up the process).

Who can vote early

You must have one of the following reasons in order to vote absentee by mail or vote early in person:

  • Your job prevents you from going to the polls on Election Day, including if your job is to care for your parent, child, or spouse who lives at home and needs constant care due to illness, disability, or injury
  • You’ll be on vacation away from your election district on Election Day
  • Your religious tenets or teachings prevent you from going to the polls on Election Day
  • You’re sick or physically disabled
  • You’re in the public service of the US or Delaware
  • You’re a US citizen temporarily residing outside the US
  • You’re the spouse or dependent of a person who is a US citizen temporarily residing outside the US and you’re residing with or accompanying that person
  • You’re away from Delaware because of illness or injury received while serving in the US armed forces
  • You’re in the US armed forces or are a US merchant marine
  • You’re serving with the US armed forces in the American Red Cross or United Service Organizations
1. Get the absentee ballot application

Download and print the absentee ballot application or submit your request online.

Get the form


2. Fill out the form

Step 1 · Provide your name, address, and date of birth

Step 2 · (Optional) Provide your Social Security number

Step 3 · Provide your political party affiliation, telephone number, and email address

Step 4 · Provide the address where you want your ballot mailed, if different from Step 1

Step 5 · To vote absentee in the general election on Nov 8, check the box for “General“

Step 6 · Select the reason why you cannot vote in person on Election Day

If your reason for voting absentee is listed in “Column B” of the form, get the application notarized

Step 7 · Provide your expected location on Election Day, and a phone number where you can be reached

Step 8 · Sign and date the application


3. Send the application

Send your completed application to your County Department of Elections so it’s received by Nov 4.


4. Vote
  • Once you receive your absentee ballot, follow the instructions to fill out the ballot and return envelope
  • Mail your ballot so it’s received by your County Department of Elections by 8 PM on Election Day, Nov 8
  • Check the status of your ballot on ivote.de.gov
Absentee ballot received by

November 8


Vote on Election Day

November 8

Polls are open 7 AM–7 PM. If you’re in line at your polling location by 7 PM, you’re allowed to vote.

Bring an accepted photo ID

Voting requirements
  • Be registered to vote in Delaware. Check if you’re registered to vote.
  • Be a US citizen
  • Live at a Delaware address
  • Be at least 18 years old by Election Day, Nov 8
  • Not be judged mentally incompetent by a court
  • Not have been convicted of a felony

In person ID requirements

ID is not required, but bring one of the following if you have it to speed up the process:

  • A current photo ID
  • A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and address.

If you don’t bring any ID, you’ll need to fill out a form before you can vote.


By mail ID requirements

No ID required to vote by mail.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you registering for the first time in Delaware, and you register by mail, you MUST provide proof of your identification. If you don’t include ID when you register, then you’ll need to provide ID the first time you vote in person or by absentee ballot. Acceptable forms of ID include: a COPY of a current and valid photo identification OR a COPY of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that shows your name and Delaware address.
You do not need to include ID if you’ve already voted in Delaware at least once. If you are a first-time Delaware voter, and you registered by mail, and you did NOT include a copy of your ID with your voter registration form, then you MUST include a copy with your absentee ballot application. Acceptable forms of ID include: a COPY of a current and valid photo identification OR a COPY of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that shows your name and Delaware address.