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Delaware Voter Registration Information

Friday, December 9, 2011

Presidential Primary Election
April 24, 2012

Presidential Primary Registration Deadline
March 31, 2012

Primary Election
September 11, 2012

Primary Election Voter Registration Deadline
August 18, 2012

General Election
November 6, 2012

General Election Voter Registration Deadline
October 13, 2012

Voter Registration and Eligibility

Must register to vote by the fourth Saturday prior to the date of the election


To register to vote in the state of Delaware, an individual must meet the following qualifications:

  • Be 18 years of age or older on or before the day of the next general election
  • Be a United States citizen
  • Be a resident of Delaware (proof required)
  • Be mentally competent


Can register to vote in person or obtain a mail-in application:

  • At any local Department of Elections Office
  • Division of Motor Vehicles
  • Department of Health & Social Services
  • Department of Labor

 Contact any elections Office by phone to request a voter registration application. Contact Information

To register online Click here


Who Can Absentee Vote in Delaware?

A registered voter can request an absentee ballot if he/she is prevented from voting at the polling place for any of the following reasons:

  • The nature of his/her business or occupation (including students)
  • Service or a spouse's service to the United States or to the State of Delaware
  • The tenets or teaching of your religion
  • Vacation
  • Illness
  • Disability
  • Incarceration (not for a felony)

How Can I Acquire an Absentee Ballot?

Absentee Ballots are usually available approximately 35 days prior to a Primary Election and 45 days prior to a General Election.

Persons may vote by absentee ballot once ballots are available between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. on normal business days at the voter's local elections office. Absentee ballots may also be requested by mail or in person at the voter's local elections office.  Persons can vote in office by absentee ballot up until 12 noon the day before an election. For contact information or to request an absentee ballot by completing an "Affidavit for Absentee Ballot" online click here.

Military personnel, their dependents and overseas citizens may request an absentee ballot online by completing a Federal Post Card Application.

Additional Information for Overseas Voters

How do I Return the Absentee Ballot and What is the Deadline?

Vote and return your ballot as soon as you receive it. Ballots may be returned by mail or taken to the Department of Elections for that County, and must be received by 8pm on the day of the election. 

 Source of information:
Office of the Commissioner of Elections
111 South West Street, Suite 10
Dover, Delaware 19904
Phone: 302-739-4277
FaX: 302-739-6794
E-Mail: COE_VOTE@State.de.us

Voter Hotlines:
New Castle County: 302-577-3000
Kent and Sussex Counties: 800-464-4357
Outside Delaware: 800-273-9500



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