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Voting in Delaware Elections

Voting in Delaware State & Federal Elections

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Finding Your Polling Place You can find your polling place here at iVote.

ID Needed for Voting: Identification is required ONLY if you have registered using the National Voter Registration Form and thus did not supply it originally.

In that case, the voter must present current identification which includes a current and valid photo ID that shows full name and address. If a photo ID cannot be produced, a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that shows full name and address will be accepted and the ballot will be taken as a Provisional Ballot. Photo-identification is required the FIRST time you vote in person or with an in-person absentee ballot.

Absentee Ballot Process: To vote absentee, you must submit an affidavit to request a ballot and swear or affirm that you are unable to go to your regular polling place during the election. The affidavit can be obtained by phoning or writing the Board of Elections at 119 North Race Street, Georgetown, DE 19947 or 302-856-5367 or downloaded from the Delaware Election Commission. Details on this process can be found here at iVote.

Early Voting: You may vote by absentee ballot in-person at the Sussex County Board of Elections, 119 North Race Street, Georgetown, DE 19947. Contact the Board of Elections office at 302-856-5367 to determine when absentee ballots will be available and the hours for voting. Be sure to take proof of identity with you when you go to vote.

Polling Place Hours: Polling place hours are 7:00 am to 8:00 pm. If you are in line waiting to vote at closing time, you may cast your vote even if it is done after 8:00 pm.

Provisional Voting: If you are a registered voter in your election district but your name does not appear on the official poll list, you may be able to vote by updating the record of a name or address change or by provisional ballot. Provisional ballots cover only federal offices such as President, Vice President, US Senate and US Congress. For details, go to iVote.

Voting Machines: The voting system used in Delaware is DRE. Direct Recording Electronic (DRE): This is the newest kind of system in use in the U.S. For information about using these machines, go to iVote

For Voters with Special Needs: All people qualified and desiring to vote must be given the opportunity to do so. It is the goal of the State of Delaware to provide all citizens with any necessary assistance to make that happen: Accessible polling places, Accessible voting machines, Voting by Absentee Ballot, Assistance at any point as a means of accommodation. For details, go to iVote.

Administrative Complaints: If you experience a problem with voting systems standards, provisional voting or any other voting problem covered by Title III of the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA) and wish to register a formal complaint, there is a specific process for addressing it. Find details at iVote.

Candidate Services: Information for candidates for public office in Delaware including how to register to be a candidate, voter statistics, and past election reports as well as online Delaware state law resources about candidate activities and guidelines are here at iVote.

For information about voting and elections not covered above: Contact the Sussex County Department of Elections, 119 North Race Street, Georgetown, DE 19947. Phone: 302-856-5367.

Voting in Municipal Elections

Voting in Municipal and School District Elections: Town and city charters determine voter qualifications for municipal elections. Some allow property owners who are not full-time residents to serve on the local council or commission. Most municipal elections are held separately from general elections in the state.

To vote in city or town elections you must register with the local jurisdiction. The Delaware League of Local Governments provides links to websites of local governments in Delaware. You can find contact information there.

To vote in city elections that are placed on the state general election ballot a person must be registered with the state before voting.

The state has established certain requirements for the conduct of municipal elections.

There is a separate affidavit to apply for an absentee ballot in municipal elections.

Voting in School Board Elections

School board elections are held in May.

To vote in school board elections a person must be a citizen and a resident in the school district holding the election and be at least 18 years of age. Advance registration is not necessary.

You may vote by absentee ballot if you cannot be present on election day. Affidavits are available for voting absentee by mail at: Or call 856-5367 and forms will be mailed. An affidavit must be submitted before the absentee ballot can be mailed to a voter. Contact the County Department of Elections for information.

Details of Delaware law regarding school board election, including forms of identification that may be used, are here.