What is absentee voting?

  • The way a person who cannot go to a Polling Place on Election Day can vote.
  • A person can vote absentee by mail or at the Department's office.

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Who can vote by absentee ballot?

A person who:

  • Is registered to vote;
  • Fills out and signs an absentee affidavit; and
  • Cannot vote on Election Day because of a reason on the affidavit.

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What are the deadlines?

Important dates and deadlines for absentee voters
Date Information

May 31, 2014

Last day to change your political party affiliation before the Primary Election.

August 16, 2014

Last day to register to vote before the Primary Election.

August 25, 2014

Last day military and overseas voters can register to vote before the Primary Election.

September 5, 2014

Last day the Departments are required to send Primary Election absentee ballots.

September 8, 2014 at 12 Noon

Deadline for a person to vote by absentee ballot before the Primary Election at the Department of Elections for their county.

September 9, 2014 at 8 p.m.

Deadline to return your Primary Election absentee ballot to the Department of Election for your county.

October 11, 2014

Last day to register to vote before the General Election.

October 20, 2014

Last Day military and overseas voters can register to vote before the General Election.

October 31, 2014

Last day the Departments are required to send General Election absentee ballots.

November 3, 2014 at 12 Noon

Deadline for a person to vote by absentee ballot before the General Election at the Department of Elections for their county.

November 4, 2014 at 8 p.m.

Deadline to return your General Election absentee ballot to the Department of Elections for your county.

 

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How can I get an absentee affidavit?

Primary Election: [Kent County Primary affidavit | New Castle County Primary affidavit | Sussex County Primary affidavit ]

General & Special Election: [Kent County General affidavit | New Castle County General affidavit | Sussex County General affidavit ]

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Will my county Department mail an absentee ballot to me?

Yes, if:

  • Your county Department gets your affidavit at least 4 days before the election;
  • You filled out and signed your affidavit; and
  • You are registered to vote.

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Can I vote at my county Department's office?

Yes, if you:

  • Go to your county Department:
    • Between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. on normal business days; or
    • Before 12 Noon the day before the election;
    • During extended hours as posted on the respective Department's Web Site.
  • Show proof of identity and address;
  • Fill out and sign an affidavit; and
  • Are registered to vote.

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How do I return my voted ballot?

  • Mail it to your county Department;
  • Take it to your county Department; or
  • Have someone take it to your county Department.

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What are the top 10 things I need to know about absentee voting?

  1. Get your ballot early. Do not wait until the last minute.
  2. Mail your voted ballot back as soon as you can.
  3. If you spoil or miss-mark your ballot contact your county Department.
  4. Fill in the ovals. Do not use any other mark.
  5. Sign and date the ballot envelope.
  6. Only Democrats can vote in a Democratic Primary and Republicans in a Republican Primary.
  7. Have your affidavit notarized if your reason is in Section B.
  8. Only vote for one candidate for each office. (NOTE: You may vote for three candidates for Wilmington City Council-at-Large).
  9. Do not write on the ballot except to make your selections or correct a mistake.
  10. The Department counts almost all absentee ballots returned on time. A few ballots may not be counted for cause.

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What if I have a problem or question?

Use the Contacts page to find how to:

  • Call, e-mail or fax your county Department; or
  • Visit your county Department.

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How do I find the status of my ballot?

  • Call, e-mail or fax your county Department;
  • Visit your county Department; or
  • Check the list on your county Department's Web Site.

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