Guide to Voting
1. Voter registration
Deadline to Register/update: October 10, 2020
Online Link to Application: https://ivote.de.gov/VoterView/registrant/newregistrant
2. Check Your registration
Why check your registration? Your address is where election officials send notices, application forms to receive your ballot in the mail, and more. Additionally, poll workers will check if the address on your voter registration matches the address on your ID at the polls.
Check Registration Here: https://ivote.de.gov/VoterView
Update Registration Here: https://ivote.de.gov/
- Is your name spelled correctly? (Correct hyphenations, middle initials, etc)
- Correct Address
- Active Voter Status (if not update by sending in another online/mail voter application)
- Correct Date of Birth
3. Order your mail ballot
Deadline to register in order to mail Ballot: November 2nd
Deadline to return absentee mail Ballot: Must be postmarked and received on or before Election day november 3, 2020
Filled-out absentee mail ballots can also be dropped off at the Department of Elections Office in your county
Surrendering Your Absentee Ballot:
- Delaware has the Surrender Rule.
- If prior to Election Day, contact the Elections Office in your county and request to cancel your absentee ballot.
- When arriving at your polling place, inform the poll worker that you had requested an absentee ballot. The poll worker will look up you on the pollbook and check your voting status:
- If you requested an absentee ballot, but have not returned it, a poll worker will contact the Department of Elections to cancel your absentee ballot and you will be permitted to vote at the polling place.
- If your filled-out ballot had already been returned to the Department and is being prepared to be counted, you will not be permitted to vote at the polling place.
4. Early voting information
- Currently Delaware does not provide for early voting.
- For information regarding federal, state and local elections or information regarding how to request a Vote by Mail or Absentee Ballot visit the Delaware Department of Elections website: https://elections.delaware.gov/index.shtml
- Contact your state election official online: https://elections.delaware.gov/locations.shtml or call the State of Delaware Election Commissioner, Anthony J. Albence 302.739.4277.
5. Be a poll worker
- Become a poll worker! Election offices are expecting shortages in poll workers due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Poll workers must be 16 years old or over, and a registered voter (if over 18) in their county