How to Register to Vote in Delaware for the Elections
This article describes how to register to vote in Delaware. Delaware offers online voter registration. You can register to vote by mail in Delaware by printing a copy of the National 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.
Register to vote in Delaware In-person
- You can also register to vote in person. The deadline to register to vote in person is Saturday, October 13. Contact your local election officefor information on when and where to register to vote.
- Learn more by visiting the State Election Commissioner for Delawareor contacting your local election official.
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
- 18 years old on or before the date of the next general election.
- 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); and
- And, NOT been convicted of a felony and have not completed your sentence; and
- Or, NOT been convicted of a disqualifying felony and have not been pardoned. (List of disqualifying felonies: 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.)
Register to vote in Delaware Online
- 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 to vote by mail.
- You can register online until Saturday, October 13.
Register to vote in Delaware By-mail voter registration
- Print and fill out the National Voter Registration Form.
- The Box 6 – ID Number: Your completed voter registration form must contain your Delaware-issued driver’s license number or nonoperating identification number. If you do not have a driver’s license or nonoperating identification, you must include the last four digits of your Social Security number. If you do not have a driver’s license or a nonoperating identification or a Social Security number, please write “NONE” on the form. A unique identifying number will be assigned by the State.
- And, 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.
- Box 8 – Race or Ethnic Group: Leave blank.
- Review the “Who can vote?” section above and check that you’re eligible.
- Sign the form.
- Send the completed form to your local election official. To register by mail, the form must be postmarked by Saturday, October 13.
Military and overseas voters Register to vote in Delaware
Active-duty military, their families, and voters living outside the US can register to vote and request their absentee ballot using the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). To do so:
- 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.
- Send the application to your election official.
- 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.
- When your ballot arrives, read it carefully and follow the instructions to complete it and return it.
- 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.
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 6.
- The deadline to register online is Saturday, October 13. By mail is Saturday, October 13. And, in person is Saturday, October 13.
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