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.

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.
  • A person convicted of a felony may register and vote if he/she meets the conditions stated in the next section.
  • 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 a person convicted of a felony register to vote?

A person convicted felony may register and vote if he/she meets the following requirements:

  • Was not convicted of a disqualifying felony as defined in the Delaware Constitution.
  • Has completed his/her sentence.

Call the State Election Commissioner's Office - (302) 739-4277 - if you have questions about your eligibility.


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, agency or another location where you receive your mail.

When can I register to vote?

  • Anytime except after the fourth Saturday before a Primary, Presidential Primary or General Election through the day of the election.
  • At least 10 days before a Special Election.
  • New registrations received during after a deadline will be held and processed after the respective election.

How do I register to vote?

By mail

At certain government offices

  • At any of the Department's Offices..
  • 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 when applying for services.
  • 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 institutions of higher education when you register for classes.

When can I update my political party affiliation, address or name?

  • You can update your political party affiliation anytime except
    • From the last Saturday in May in an Election year through the date of the Primary, or
    • From the 59th day before the Presidential Primary through the date of the election.
    • Party change requests during one of the above closed periods will be held and processed after the respective election.
  • You can update your address and name anytime before an election or at your polling place on Election Day.

How do I update my political party affiliation, address or name?

By mail

At certain government offices

  • At any of the Department's Offices..
  • 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 when applying for services.
  • 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 institutions of higher education when you register for classes.

When are the deadlines?

  • The State's Election Calendar lists deadlines to register to vote as well as other deadlines and events.

What are my responsibilities?

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

How do I cancel my voter registration?

How do I cancel a close relative's voter registration who has moved out of state or passed away?


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