How to register to vote in Delaware

This information is for the November 3rd general election. For information on the September 15, 2020 state primary, check with the Delaware election office. Delaware offers online voter registration. You can register by mail to vote in Delaware by printing a voter registration form, filling it out, and mailing it to your local election office. You can also register to vote in person if you prefer.

Who can vote

You may register to vote in Delaware if you:

  • are a citizen of the United States, and
  • are a resident of Delaware; (Delaware is your home), and
  • will be 18 years old on or before the date of the next general election.
  • have NOT 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 been convicted of a felony, unless you have completed your sentence;
  • have NOT been convicted of a disqualifying felony and have not been pardoned.
  • List of disqualifying felonies include: 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; or 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.
  • *find more information on voting rights restoration here

Online voter registration

  • Delaware offers online voter registration.
  • You should know: you need either a Delaware ID or your Social Security number to use Delaware’s online voter registration system. If you choose not to provide this information, you can still register by mail to vote.
  • You can register online to vote until Saturday, October 10, 2020.

By-mail voter registration

Use the Delaware voter registration form

You can also register to vote using the Delaware voter registration form. Be sure to read the instructions carefully and fill it out completely. Send the completed form to your local election official. To register by mail, the form must be postmarked by Saturday, October 10, 2020.

Use the National Voter Registration Form

  1. Print and fill out the National Voter Registration Form.
  2. Box 6 – ID Number: Your completed voter registration form must contain your Delaware driver’s license number or Delaware State ID number. If you do not have a driver’s license or Delaware State ID, you must include the last four digits of your Social Security number. If you do not have a driver’s license or a Delaware State ID or a Social Security number, please write “NONE” on the form. A unique identifying number will be assigned by the State.
  3. Box 7 – Choice of Party: Delaware requires that you register with a party to participate in partisan primary elections. You should register with the party whose primary you would like to vote in.
  4. Box 8 – Race or Ethnic Group: Leave blank. This information is not required.
  5. Review the “Who can vote?” section above and check that you’re eligible.
  6. Sign the form.
  7. Send the completed form to your local election official. To register by mail, the form must be postmarked by Saturday, October 10, 2020.
  8. If you are registering to vote for the first time in your jurisdiction and are mailing this registration application, Federal law requires you to show proof of identification the first time you vote. Proof of identification includes: A current and valid photo identification or A current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or government document that shows your name and address. More information here.

Election Day registration

Delaware does not offer registration on Election Day.

In-person voter registration

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Military and overseas voters

Active-duty military, their families, and overseas citizens can register to vote and request their absentee ballot using the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). To do so:

  1. Fill out the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), or download a copy. Your election official may have questions, so please provide an email address or phone number where they can reach you.
  2. Send the application to your election official.
  3. It is never too early to submit an FPCA! Please do so as soon as possible. You can look up recommended mailing dates by country and region.
  4. Please fill out and send back your ballot as soon as you receive it. Following are recommended return dates to make sure your ballot arrives at your election office on time:
    • 35 days before election – On a ship at sea: September 28, 2020
    • 30 days before election – Outside of the US: October 2, 2020
    • 11 days before the election – Stateside: October 23, 2020
  5. States begin mailing absentee ballots at least 45 days before Election Day. If you haven’t received your ballot by 30 days before Election Day, contact your local election office.

If after submitting your FPCA, your ballot does not arrive, contact your election official first. Then:

  • You can still vote using the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB). Print, sign, and mail your FWAB to your local election office.
  • If you mail a FWAB and then receive your regular absentee ballot, you should complete and mail your absentee ballot also. Election officials will ensure that only one ballot is counted.

The Federal Voting Assistance Program – FVAP.gov offers additional information on military and overseas voting in Delaware. You can also call 1-800-438-VOTE or email vote@fvap.gov

Check your voter registration status

You can look up your voter registration record and verify that your information is correct using Delaware’s voter registration lookup tool.

Dates and deadlines

  • Election day is Tuesday, November 3, 2020.
  • The deadline to register online to vote is Saturday, October 10, 2020.
  • The deadline for registering by mail to vote is (postmarked by) Saturday, October 10, 2020.
  • The deadline to register in person to vote is Saturday, October 10, 2020.
  • The deadline to request a ballot by mail is (received by) Friday, October 30, 2020.

Election contact information for Delaware

Address:
State Election Commissioner
905 S. Governors Ave Suite 170
Dover, DE 19904

Phone Number:
(302) 739-4277