The information on this page is for folks in New Castle County. While the processes and procedures mention on this page generally apply to all Delaware counties, you would deal with the Department of Elections for the appropriate county if you are in Kent or Sussex Counties.

Can a college student from Delaware register to vote at his/her school address?

  • Yes, however, the applicant must show proof of his/her address at the school when registering to vote or updating his/her registration.
  • This proof may include:
    • A Delaware Driver's License in the applicant's name;
    • A Delaware vehicle registration in the applicant's name and with his/her address at school;
    • A current lease, utility bill, tuition bill, bank statement, paycheck stub, or credit card statement under the student's name and with his/her address at school; or
    • A Delaware resident income tax return for the most recent year for which a filing is required.

Can a college student from out-of-state register to vote in Delaware?

  • Yes, IF it is the applicant's present intent is make Delaware their permanent home or their home for the indefinite future. The applicant must provide some objective indicia of proof of that intent when registering.
  • This proof may include:
    • A Delaware Driver's License in the applicant's name;
    • A Delaware vehicle registration in the applicant's name and with his/her address at school;
    • A current lease, utility bill, tuition bill, bank statement, paycheck stub, or credit card statement under the student's name and with his/her address at school; or
    • A Delaware resident income tax return for the most recent year for which a filing is required.

What are the qualifications to register to vote in Delaware?

  • To register to vote in Delaware you must:
    • Be a citizen of the United States;
    • Be domiciled in the State of Delaware (Delaware is your home);
    • Be at least 18 years old on or before the day of the next General Election;
    • Not be a convicted felon (unless you have been pardoned or cleared to register to vote in accordance with Delaware Code, Title 15; and
    • Not have been adjudged mentally incompetent.

How can I register to vote or update my voter registration record?

  • To register to vote in your home state or update your voter registration record, go to your state's WEB site and follow the instructions for registering to vote.
  • To register to vote in Delaware or to update your voter registration record:
    • Use the State's online registration system and mail the signed application to the Department's office in the county where you live;
    • Visit the Commissioner of Elections office or one of the Department's offices;
    • Complete a voter registration application when receiving services at:
      • A Division of Motor Vehicles office;
      • A Department of Health and Social Services Service Center; or
      • A Department of Labor office
    • Download, complete and mail a Federal Mail Application; or
    • Phone a Department of Elections office and request that an application be mailed to you.

When can I register to vote?

  • You can register to vote anytime prior to a general or primary election EXCEPT during the period from the 4th Sunday prior to the day of the election through the day of the election.
  • Voter registration closes 10 day prior to a Special Election and reopens the day following the election.
  • You may update your voter registration record, except for your politcal party affiliation, at any time.
  • The Department holds applications received during a closed period and processes them as soon as legally possible.
  • For citizens of other states, registration deadlines are different than those in Delaware and are usually 30 days prior to the day of the election.

Where do I vote?

  • The Department of Elections will send you a Polling Place Card with the name and address of the building where you vote.
  • You may verify the location prior to an election by:
    • Using the State's Polling Place Locator;
    • Calling the Department of Elections office in the county where you live;

How can I change my political party affiliation?

  • You may change your political party affiliation by submitting a voter registration application to the Department of Elections anytime EXCEPT:
    • From March 31 through the day of the Primary Election in an election year;
    • From November 1 in the year before a Presidential Election through the day of the Presidential Primary Election;
    • From the 4th Sunday prior to a General Election through the day of the election; and
    • From the 10th day prior to a Special Election through the day of the election.

How do I vote by absentee ballot if I am a Delaware citizen?

  • You can vote by absentee ballot if you are unable to go to your polling place on election day for any of reasons stated on the Absentee Affidavit. You can vote in person at the Department of Elections for your county or by mail.
    • If voting in person, ballots must be available at the Department. Ballots are usually available about 30 days before to a primary election and 40 days before a General Election. Call the Department of Elections at 302.577.3464 to make sure ballots are available before going to vote in person.
    • If voting by mail:
      • Submit an Absentee Affidavit as soon as possible before the election;
      • Vote the ballot and mail it back as soon as you receive it; and
      • If you don't get your ballot in a reasonable time after your request and ballots are available, call the Department of Elections at 302.577.3464.

How do I vote by absentee ballot if I am a citizen of another state?

  • Contact the appropriate official in your state or local election jurisdiction. You can check your State's WEB Site for information about absentee voting.
  • DO NOT wait until the last minute. Absentee voting by mail takes time. Give yourself AT LEAST 30 days before the election.

When can I vote by absentee ballot?

  • Ballots are usually available 30 days before a primary election, 30 days before a general election and 10 days before a special election.
  • Ballots cannot be mailed 4 days or less before an election.
  • You can vote in person up until 12 Noon the day before an election.