What do I need to know?

  • You must be registered to vote in General, Primary and Special Elections.
  • You do not have to be registered to vote in school elections.
  • You can pick a political party affiliation when you register.
  • If you do not pick a political party, you will be registered as unaffiliated.
  • You must register as a Democrat or Republican to vote in a primary. Democrats vote for Democrats and Republicans for Republicans.
  • Changes of address with the Post Office do not update your voter registration.
  • You must vote at the polling place for the address for your home on Election Day.

How do I register to vote or update my record?

By mail

  • Print this form, fill it out, and mail it to the Department.
  • Call the Department at 577.3464 and ask them to mail you an application.
  • Military and overseas citizens can fill out an application at the FVAP WEB Site and then mail, email or fax the application to the Department.

At certain government offices

  • At the Department during normal business hours or when otherwise scheduled.
  • At Division of Motor Vehicle offices when applying for, renewing or updating a Driver's License or State ID Card.
  • At State Service Centers (Department of Health and Social Services) when applying for services.
  • At the Department of Labor: Division of Training and the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.
  • At WIC Program offices when applying for services or assistance.
  • At Armed Forces Recruitment Offices when applying for services.
  • At some Social Security offices.
  • At the State Election Commissioner's Office.
  • At institutions of higher education when you register for classes.

What are the qualifications?

  • You must be a citizen of the United States.
  • You must be a resident of Delaware. Delaware is your home.
  • You must be 18 years old by the date of the next General Election.
  • You must not be a convicted felon. In some situations, however, a convicted felon may be able to register to vote. Fill out a registration form and the State will notify you if you are eligible to register to vote.
  • You cannot register to vote if you have been adjudged mentally incompetent. "Adjudged mentally incompetent" refers to a specific finding in a judicial guardianship or equivalent proceeding, based on clear and convincing evidence that the individual has a severe cognitive impairment which precludes exercise of basic voting judgment.

Can I register to vote if I don't have a fixed address?

  • Yes. If you don't have a fixed residence or are homeless and otherwise qualified to vote in Delaware, you may register by completing the proper registration form. If registering in-person you must provide two pieces of identification containing your name. Additionally, one of the pieces must include the address that you listed on the application. The address can be a shelter or an agency.

When can I register to vote?

  • Anytime except after the fourth Saturday before a Primary or General Election through the day of the election.
  • At least 10 days before a Special Election.

When can I update my record?

  • Anytime before an election.
  • At your polling place on Election Day.

When can I change my political party affiliation?

  • Before a Primary Election: anytime except from the last Saturday in May through the date of the Primary.
  • Before a Presidential Primary: anytime except from the 59th day before the Presidential Primary through the date of the election.
  • Before a General Election: anytime except from the 4th Sunday before a General Election through the day of the election; and
  • Before a Special Election: anytime except from the 9th day before a Special Election through the day of the election.

When are the deadlines?

 

What are my responsibilities?

  • To register to vote before the deadline.
  • To update your voter registration.
  • To change your political party affiliation before the deadline.

How do I cancel my voter registration?

  • Send a letter to the Department saying that you want your registration canceled. Sample letters: Word or RTF  or Text.

How do I cancel a close relative's voter registration?

  • Complete one of these sample letters and send it to the Department: Word version or RTF version or Text version.
  • If the person moved out of state, write the Department stating the reason, the person's name, address, and date of birth as well as your relationship to the person.
  • If the person died in Delaware, call or write the Department and give the person's name, address, date of birth, and date of death as well as your relationship to the person.
  • If the person died in another state or overseas, write the Department and give the person's name, address, date of birth, and date of death as well as your relationship to the person.