Absentee Voting for Delaware Citizens


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What is absentee voting?

  • The way a person who cannot go to a Polling Place on Election Day can vote.
  • A person can vote absentee by mail or at the Department's office.

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Who can vote by absentee ballot?


A person who:

  • Is registered to vote;
  • Fills out and signs an absentee affidavit; and
  • Cannot vote on Election Day because of a reason on the affidavit.

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How can I get an absentee affidavit?


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Will my county Department mail an absentee ballot to me?


Yes, if:

  • Your county Department gets your affidavit at least 4 days before the election;
  • You filled out and signed your affidavit; and
  • You are registered to vote.

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Can I vote at my county Department's office?


Yes, if you go to your County Department:

  • Between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. on normal business days; or
  • Before 12 Noon the day before the election;
  • During extended hours as posted on the respective Department's Web Site.
  • Show proof of identity and address;
  • Fill out and sign an affidavit; and
  • Are registered to vote.

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How do I return my voted ballot?


  • Mail it to your county Department;
  • Take it to your county Department; or
  • Have someone take it to your county Department.

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What are the top 10 things I need to know about absentee voting?


  1. Get your ballot early. Do not wait until the last minute.
  2. Mail your voted ballot back as soon as you can.
  3. If you spoil or miss-mark your ballot contact your county Department.
  4. Color in the ovals. Do not use any other mark.
  5. Sign and date the ballot envelope.
  6. Only Democrats can vote in a Democratic Primary and Republicans in a Republican Primary.
  7. Have your affidavit notarized if your reason is in Section B.
  8. Only vote for one candidate for each office. (NOTE: You may vote for three candidates for Wilmington City Council-at-Large).
  9. Do not write on the ballot except to make your selections or correct a mistake.
  10. The Department counts almost all absentee ballots returned on time. A few ballots may not be counted for cause.

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What if I have a problem or question?


Use the Contacts page to find how to:

  • Call, e-mail or fax your county Department; or
  • Visit your county Department.

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How do I find the status of my ballot?


  • Call, e-mail or fax your county Department;
  • Visit your county Department; or
  • Check the list on your county Department's Web Site.

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