Frequently Asked Questions
- How do I register to vote?
Can I vote if I have been convicted of a felony?
Yes. If you have completed your sentence you may register to vote, as long as your conviction was not for a disqualifying felony.
Disqualifying felonies are:
- Murder or manslaughter, (except vehicular homicide)
- Any felony constituting an offense against public administration involving bribery or improper influence or abuse of office, or any like offense under the laws of any state or local jurisdiction, or of the United States, or of the District of Columbia.
- Any felony constituting a sexual offense, or any like offense under the laws of any state or local jurisdiction or of the United States or of the District of Columbia.
Call the Office of the State Election Commissioner at (302) 739-4277 if you have questions about your eligibility.
Can I register to vote if I don't have a fixed address or am homeless?
Yes. If registering in-person you must provide two pieces of identification containing your name. Additionally, one of the pieces must include the address that you listed on the application. The address can be a shelter, agency or another location where you receive your mail.
What are the qualifications to register to vote?
You may register to vote in Delaware if you:
- Are a citizen of the United States
- Are a resident of Delaware (Delaware is your home)
- Will be 18 years old on or before the date of the next General Election
- Have been adjudged mentally incompetent. Adjudged mentally incompetent refers to a specific finding in a judicial guardianship or equivalent proceeding, based on clear and convincing evidence that the individual has a severe cognitive impairment which precludes exercise of basic voting judgment
- Have not completed your sentence for a felony conviction or have not been pardoned for a felony conviction of murder or manslaughter, (except vehicular homicide); bribery or improper influence or abuse of office; or a felony sexual offense.
Where do I vote?
You can find your polling location at the State of Delaware Voter Portal.
Do I need to show my ID to vote?
You will be asked to show ID at the polls. However, you do not need to show ID in order to vote. If you do not show an ID you must fill out a form before you can vote, but you will still be allowed to cast your ballot.
Acceptable forms of ID include:
- Delaware Drivers License or State ID
- US Passport
- Signed Polling Place or Social Security Card
- Signed vehicle registration
- Signed credit card with photo
- Similar document that IDs the person by photo or signature.
How do I vote if I will not be here on election day?
You may vote by absentee ballot in-person at your local election official's office. Contact the local your local election official's office to determine when absentee ballots will be available and the hours for voting. Be sure to take proof of identity with you when you go to vote.Absentee
To vote absentee, you must submit an affidavit to request a ballot and swear or affirm that you are unable to go to your regular polling place during the election. The affidavit and instructions can be obtained online, by phoning or writing the Department of Elections in your county or by downloading it from the Delaware Secretary of State website.
Some affidavit requests require notarization. Requests for affidavits that require notarization:
- Work: The nature of your business or occupation, including students living out of county of their residence
- Religion: The tenets or teaching of your religion preclude voting on Election Day
- Public Service: Your service to the United States or to the State of Delaware prevents you from going to your polling place. Spouses or dependents of the person in service also qualify.
- Disability: You are permanently or temporarily disabled
- Incarceration: you are incarcerated but not a convicted felon
The absentee ballot is usually mailed out 35 days before a primary and 45 days before a general election. When returning the absentee ballot remember to read all the instructions and to sign and date the voucher and envelope. All absentee ballots must be received by 8pm on Election Day in order to be counted.
You can check the status of your affidavit and your ballot here.
Overseas citizens and U.S. military personnel can find information on how to register to vote and request an absentee ballot at the Overseas Vote Foundation.
Can I take my children with me to vote?
Yes. You may take children 17 years old and younger with you when voting.
I have a disability. Are there resources to assist me in voting?
All people qualified and desiring to vote must be given the opportunity to do so. Therefore, there will be accessible polling places, accessible voting machines, the opportunity for voting by absentee ballot and assistance at any point as a means of accommodation.
If you need help at the polls election officers are ready to assist. You may also bring someone with you to help in the voting process.
If you are deaf or hard of hearing, all election materials, announcements and forms are available at the State of Delaware Voter Portal. You may also use the state's free TDD relay service to obtain election and voting information. Simply dial 711 and give the operator the toll free helpline number for the county from which you are calling: New Castle County 800-577-000, Kent County 800-464-4357, Sussex County 800-464-4357, Outside Delaware 800-273-9500.
Check out this Delaware voting guide for citizens with disabilities. For more information, you can utilize the American Association of People With Disabilities (AAPD) resource.