When is Delaware's Presidential Primary Election?

  • It is on April 24 in 2012.
  • Polls are open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m.

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Why is there a Presidential Primary Election?

  • The Presidential Primary Election is used by the State's political parties to apportion, select or elect delegates and alternate delegates to a political party's national convention as provided in the party's rules.

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Which political parties are involved?

  • Delaware's major political parties: the Democratic and Republican Parties can participate if their party has a contest.
  • In 2012, the Republican Party has a contest, the Democratic Party does not.

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What are the key dates and deadlines?

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When is the last day to file?

  • The filing deadline is February 24, 2012 at 4:30 p.m.

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How and where do candidates file?

  • Candidates file with the State Election Commissioner by completing a Candidate Filing Form pdf icon and submitting at the time of filing a petition with the State Election Commissioner bearing at least 500 valid signatures of registered voters of this State of the same political party as the candidate.
  • Candidates who have not filed can be added to the ballot in accordance with Delaware Code, Title 15, ss3183(b).

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Who are the Presidential Primary Election candidates?

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How do I get an absentee ballot?

  • Fill out an Absentee Affidavit
  • Get it notarized if the reason you are voting absentee is in Section 2.
  • Send the Absentee Affidavit to:
    ATTN: Absentee Voting
    Department of Elections for New Castle County
    PO BOX 7079
    WILMINGTON DE 19803-0079

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Where is my absentee ballot?

  • Absentee ballots will be sent starting about March 9, 2012
  • Use our on-line system to to check about yours, or
  • Call the Department at 302.577.3464

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Who can vote in the Presidential Primary Election?

  • Only registered Republicans can vote in the 2012 Presidential Primary Primary because there is no contest on the Democratic side.
  • March 31 is the last day to register to vote before the Presidential Primary Election.
  • The deadline to change party affiliation before the Presidential Primary Election was February 24, 2012.

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Where do I vote?

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I need help! Who do I contact?

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Where do I find election results?

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