Delaware Absentee Ballot Guide
- Voter Registration Form: Postmarked by the fourth Saturday before a general or primary election. Postmarked 10 days before a special election
- Absentee Ballot Application: Received by the Friday before the election
- Voted Absentee Ballot: Received by 12:00 noon on the day before the election day
How to vote by absentee ballot
Register to vote
Recommended: Use our Voter Registration Widget. Enter your information, print and sign the completed form, and mail it to the address printed on the form.
Verify your voter registration
It's best to verify your voter registration before applying for your absentee ballot. If there's a problem with your registration, register again before proceeding.
NOTE: Most people receive their voter registration cards in the mail 2-3 weeks after registering to vote. Don't worry if you lost or never received it. You don't actually need your voter registration card to vote.
Make sure you're eligible to vote by absentee ballot
You may vote by absentee ballot in Delaware if:
- Work: The nature of your work prevents you from going to your polling place.
- 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. (Public service includes military, diplomatic, etc.)
- New: Affidavits from military personnel requesting absentee ballots do not require the signature of a Notary or Commissioned Officer.
- Religion: The tenets or teaching of your religion prevent you from going to your polling place.
- Vacation: You are on vacation on election day.
- Illness: you are sick.
- Disability: you are permanently or temporarily disabled.
- Incarcerated: you are incarcerated (not for a felony).
Apply for your absentee ballot
There are two different absentee ballot applications:
- Delaware absentee ballot application (for general and special elections)
- Delaware absentee ballot application (for primary and presidential primary elections)
Depending on your reason for voting absentee, you may need to have the application notarized. Be sure to check the application to see if this applies to you. (Students, your applications will have to be notarized). Mail your completed absentee ballot application to the Department of Elections for your county.
You can find out when your ballot was sent to you here: http://absenteestatus.elections.delaware.gov.
Receive, complete, and return your absentee ballot
Fill in your ballot, put the voted ballot into the envelope, and sign and seal the ballot. Return your voted ballot to the Department of Elections for your county. Your ballot must be received by 8pm on election day.
Your absentee ballot will not be counted if: you forget to sign the outer envelope; or it appears that someone has altered your signature; or you are not registered to vote; or the absentee ballot envelope is not sealed; or it is evident that the ballot envelope has been opened and resealed; or it is evident that the ballot envelope has been tampered with or altered.
Check the status of your voted absentee ballot
You can find out when your county Department of Elections received your voted ballot and if your ballot was counted at http://absenteestatus.elections.delaware.gov.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Do I need to provide ID when I register to vote in Delaware?
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.
Do I need to provide ID when I vote by absentee ballot in Delaware?
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.
Can I vote in person before the election in Delaware?
Yes. Check out our Early Voting page for details.
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|Local Election Officials:||Your Local Election Official is the best person to contact if you have voting-related questions. They'll be able to provide up-to-date information on rules and deadlines.|