- Who is Delaware's single point of contact?
- Who is a Uniformed Service or overseas voter?
- What is a permanent absentee voter?
- How do I become a permanent absentee voter?
- Who can help me?
- How do I register and get my absentee ballot?
- Do I have to re-register?
- When should I reapply for an absentee ballot?
The Department of Elections for New Castle County
- Phone: (302) 577-5066
- A Uniformed Service member;
- A Uniformed Service family member; or
- A person who lives outside the United States.
Ask your county Department if you have questions.
- A person who is disabled, a uniformed service member, a uniformed service family member, or a person who lives outside the United States and who requests permanent absentee status.
- A voter who is automatically sent an absentee ballot for every election in which he/she is eligible to vote.
- A permanent absentee voter does not have to apply for every election.
- A permanent absentee voter must keep his/her county Department informed of his/her address, email address and other contact information.
A person remains a permanent absentee voter until:
- Return of correspondence to the Department as undeliverable,
- The person's death or disqualification,
- Cancellation of the person's voter registration,
- Upon request by the voter, or
- If the person is no longer eligible for permanent absentee status.
- Write "Make me a permanent absentee voter" in section 6 of the FPCA.
- Other methods will be added later.
- Your county Department.
- Delaware's single point of contact.
- The Federal Voting Assistance Program.
- The Overseas Vote Foundation.
Use Vote Delaware to complete an FPCA and then follow the directions to return it to your county Department of Elections, or
- Send it no later than the 3rd Monday before an election.
- Your application is good through the next General Election.
- We suggest you send it before August 1st in an election year, or January 1 in the year in which a President is elected.
- Send a new FPCA to change your party affiliation, email address, mailing address, name change or voting address.
- Register as a Democrat or Republican to vote in the respective primary.
- Change your party affiliation on or before the last Friday in May in the year of a General Election.
- Change your party affiliation at least 60 days before the date of Delaware's Presidential Primary.
- Always include a phone number, FAX number and/or email address.
- Overseas voters will get a full ballot if overseas temporarily.
- Overseas voters must give their overseas address.
- Overseas voters can give a forwarding address if they want their ballot sent to an address other than their overseas address.
Get an FPCA from:
- Go to Vote Delaware and select "Uniformed service and overseas citizen voter".
- The Federal Voting Assistance WEB Site;
- The Overseas Vote Foundation
- This site
Send the filled out FPCA to your county Department:
- By mail; FAX or email.
- Department contact information.
- Send it by air mail if you mail it at a foreign post office.
- Use the correct postage if you mail it at a foreign post office.
- No. Voter registration is permanent.
- You should update your registration information by sending a new FPCA if you change your mailing address, voting address, email address, name and/or party affiliation.
- Before every General Election.
- An FPCA requesting an absentee ballot is good through the next General Election.
- Mark the email or FAX box on the FPCA; and
- Write an email address or FAX number on the FPCA.
- Your county Department sends you a ballot or tells you how to get it.
- Follow the instructions sent with your ballot.
- Contact your Department of Elections, or
- Fill out and send in a Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (FWAB).
- If you got your ballot by mail, follow the mail instructions.
- If you got your ballot by email or used the Ballot Marking Wizard, follow the email instructions.
- If you got your ballot by FAX, follow the FAX instructions.
It is a ballot you can send to your county Department:
- If you do not have time to have a ballot sent to you; or
- If you do not get your ballot in time.
- It is also a registration request if sent on or before the third Monday before an election.
- The Departments do not count an FWAB if it gets a person's regular ballot.
- By downloading it;
- From a Voting Assistance Officer;
- From a United States embassy or consulate;
Nov 7, 2012
The Department begins to accept requests for absentee ballots for 2014 from military and overseas citizen voters.
May 31, 2014
Last day to change your political party affiliation before the Primary Election.
Aug 1, 2014
Last day for the Department of Elections for your county to send Special Absentee Ballots.
Aug 25, 2014
Last day for military and overseas voters to register in order to be eligible to vote in the Primary Election.
Sept 5, 2014
Last day the Department of Elections for your county is required to send Primary Election absentee ballots.
Sept 8, 2014 at Noon
Deadline for a person to vote by absentee ballot before the Primary Election at the Department of Elections for their county.
Sept 9, 2014 at 8 p.m.
Deadline for the the Department of Elections for your county to receive your absentee ballot for the Primary Election in order for it to be counted.
Oct 20, 2014
Last day for military and overseas voters to register in order to be eligible to vote in the in the General Election.
Oct 31, 2014
Last day the Department of Elections for your county is required to send General Election absentee ballots.
Nov 3, 2014 at Noon
Deadline for a person to vote by absentee ballot before the General Election at the Department of Elections for their county.
Nov 4, 2014 at 8 p.m.
Deadline for the the Department of Elections for your county to receive your absentee ballot for the General Election in order for it to be counted.
You should unblock emails from the following addresses depending on your county:
- Kent County: email@example.com
- New Castle County: firstname.lastname@example.org & email@example.com
- Sussex County: Lisa.H.Briggs@state.de.us