PLEASE NOTE: During the current State of Emergency, voters are permitted to vote by absentee for the reason: "I am sick, or physically disabled" if they are impacted by COVID-19.This includes those who are practicing self-quarantining or social distancing.

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. People who want to vote at the Department's office must make an appointment by calling (302) 577-3464.

The most convenient method for registered voters to request a school election absentee ballot (school board and referendum) is to visit the voter portal: https://ivote.de.gov. The Department sends Absentee ballots for school elections by U.S. Mail because the Delaware Code does not permit electronic delivery or return of school election ballots.

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Who can vote by absentee ballot?

A person who:

  • Is a United States citizen;
  • Is a Delaware citizen;
  • Lives in the school district where the election is being held;
  • Is at least 18 years old;
  • Completes 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?

  • Return the affidavit 4 days before the election by 12 Noon if you want your ballot mailed to you.
  • You can vote in our office before 12 Noon the day before the election if you have made an appointment.
  • Return the voted ballot to our office before 8 p.m. on Election Day.

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How can I get an absentee affidavit?

  • Print the one you need from the links below;
  • Email or call the Department ((302) 577-3464) and ask us to send one to you; or
  • Pick one up at the Department

School Board Elections

  • None available at this time

School Referenda

  • None available at this time

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Will you mail an absentee ballot to me?

Yes, if:

  • The Department gets your affidavit at least 4 days before the election;
  • Your affidavit is filled out and signed by you; and
  • You are eligible to vote in the election.

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Can I vote at your office?

Yes, if you:

  • Call (302) 577-3464 to make an appointment to vote between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. on normal business days, or before 12 Noon the day before the election.
  • Bring a government issued photo ID - Drivers license, State ID card, Passport, etc.

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How do I return my voted ballot?

  • Mail it to the Department;
  • Take it to the Department; or
  • Have someone take it to the Department for you.

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What if I have a problem?

  • Call, email or FAX the Department;
  • Come to the Department before 12 Noon the day before the election.

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How can I contact the Department?

  • Call us at (302) 577-3464;
  • Email us;
  • Send a FAX to (302) 577-6545; or
  • Write or visit the Department:
    Department of Elections - New Castle County Office
    820 N FRENCH ST STE 400
    WILMINGTON DE 19801-3531

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How do I find out if you counted my ballot?

  • Call, e-mail or fax the Department;
  • Stop by the office; or
  • Write to the Department.

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