En español | Delaware’s Sept. 13 primary will determine which candidates appear on November’s general election ballot for the U.S. House of Representatives and the state legislature.
What's new this year?
Delaware is offering early in-person voting for the first time this year, and lawmakers are considering legislation allowing same-day registration and no-excuse mail voting.
A new redistricting plan has changed certain boundaries of some state legislative districts and may affect which candidates appear on your ballot.
- Absentee voting: Absentee ballots are only available to voters who will be out of town on Election Day or have another acceptable reason to not vote in person, such as a work commitment, an illness or caregiving responsibilities.
- Early in-person voting: Beginning this year, Delaware will offer early in-person voting at least 10 days before Election Day.
- In-person voting on Election Day: The state’s primary election is Tuesday, Sept. 13; the general election is Tuesday, Nov. 8. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
How do I register to vote?
- Online: Use the state’s voter registration portal to register, change your party affiliation or check your registration status. You will be asked to provide your driver’s license or state ID number and the last four digits of your Social Security number. Register by Aug. 20 for the primary and by Oct. 15 for the general election.
- By mail: Print out a voter registration form, complete it and either mail, email or fax it — along with a copy of your driver’s license, state-issued ID or a utility bill, bank statement or paycheck that confirms your name and address — to your county elections office. Or call your elections office to request a form. Registration forms must be postmarked by Aug. 20 for the primary and by Oct. 15 for the general.
- In person: Go to your county elections office. Or register during an appointment at a Division of Motor Vehicles office, at the state election commissioner’s office or at any of the other locations listed on the Department of Elections website. Register by Aug. 20 for the primary and Oct. 15 for the general election.
Check if you’re registered to vote through the state’s voter registration portal.
Does my party affiliation matter when I vote in the primaries?
Yes. Only those who are registered as Democrats or Republicans can vote in their party’s primary. You’ll need to update your party affiliation by May 27 to vote in the September primary.
How can I get a mail-in or absentee ballot? Are there important deadlines?
Absentee ballots are available for people who will be out of town on Election Day or who have an acceptable reason not to vote in person, such as a work obligation, an illness or caregiving responsibilities. Ballot requests are due by Sept. 9 to vote in the primary and by Nov. 4 to vote in the general.
You can apply for an absentee ballot online, by mail or in person:
- Online: Use the state’s voter services portal to complete an application.
- By mail: Download, print and complete a ballot application and mail, fax or email it to your county elections office. You can also pick up an application at your elections office — or you can call the office and ask them to mail you an application.
- In person: Go to your county elections office and fill out an application.
Some voters, including people with disabilities and those with round-the-clock caregiving duties, can apply for permanent absentee status while filling out their application and automatically receive an absentee ballot for each election.
Mail your completed ballot to your county elections office or cast a ballot there in person. If you send your ballot by mail, election officials must receive it by 8 p.m. on Sept. 13 for the primary and by 8 p.m. on Nov. 8 for the general.
Use the state’s voter services portal to track the status of your absentee ballot. Call your county elections office with questions.
Can I vote in person before Election Day?
Yes. Delaware’s 2022 elections will be the first to offer early in-person voting. The measure will permit early voting place at least 10 days before Election Day. Check back for updates.
When is Election Day? When are polls open?
The primary election is Tuesday, Sept. 13. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. You will still be able to cast a ballot after 8 p.m. as long as you were in line before the polls closed. Use the state’s voter services portal to find a polling place near you.
The general election is Tuesday, Nov. 8.
Do I need identification to vote?
No, but it’s recommended to bring a valid form of ID — like a state-issued driver’s license, a U.S. passport or a signed vehicle registration form — to speed up the process on Election Day. If you don’t have a valid form of ID, you’ll need to fill out additional paperwork confirming your identity. More information about acceptable forms of ID is available through the Department of Elections website.
What races are on the ballot?
- U.S. House: the state’s one seat
- State Senate: all 21 seats
- State House: all 41 seats
Editor’s note: This guide was updated on June 27 with information about how to vote in 2022. The guide was first published on Aug. 5, 2020.