Absentee Voting for College Students
This page provides information to College Students about voting by Absentee Ballot in Primary, General and Special Elections.
The Absentee Voting process described on the Delaware Citizen page is the same process that college students who are Delaware Citizens should follow.
If you are registered to vote in Delaware and unable to vote at your Polling Place on Election Day, submit your Affidavit requesting an Absentee Ballot as soon as you know your address for the Fall Semester in the year of a General Election. Link to the Affidavit is listed below.
Questions about eligibility and/or the Absentee Voting Process? Contact the Department of Elections for the county in which you are registered to vote.
Visit our Absentee voting for residents of other states page for information about absentee voting in your state.
IMPORTANT: Apply early, vote and return your Absentee Ballot as soon as possible before the election.
Things you can do to make sure that your Absentee Ballot is received on time and counted:
- Visit or contact the Department of Elections for the county in which you make your home while you are home during the summer to complete an Affidavit, vote by Absentee Ballot for the State Primary Election, and/or to obtain information.
- For the Primary and General Elections. Send a properly completed Affidavit, so that it arrives at the Department of Elections for your county, before August 1st in the year of a General Election. This is not a deadline. Receipt by August 1st makes sure that your Absentee Ballots for the Primary and General Elections will be mailed on the earliest possible date.
- For the Primary Election. Delaware is a CLOSED PRIMARY state. Only Democrats may vote in the Democratic Primary, and only Republicans may vote in the Republican Primary. You will not receive an Absentee Ballot for the State Primary if you are registered other than as a Democrat, or Republican, or if there is no primary election in which you are eligible to vote.
- Provide a phone number and e-mail address at which you can be contacted on the Affidavit. Direct communication permits the department to quickly resolve problems with your application.
- Contact the Department of Elections for your county if you do not receive your Absentee Ballot within a reasonable time. Absentee Ballots for the Primary Election will be mailed starting the first Saturday after the first Friday in August; Absentee Ballots for the General Election will be mailed starting approximately 45 days before the General Election.
- Follow the instructions on completing and mailing your Absentee Ballot. Make sure that you seal the VOUCHER ENVELOPE (the one that you date and sign).
Things the Departments of Elections do to make sure that your ballots are received on time and counted:
- Mail Absentee Ballots to applicants as soon as they are available.
- Mail Absentee Ballots the same day that a properly completed Affidavit is received once Absentee Ballots are available and if there is no problem with the Affidavit.
- Attempt to contact applicants directly if there is a problem with their Affidavit.
- Pick up Absentee Ballots at the Post Office the day before the election and on election day.
- Maintain contact with the U.S. Postal Service to identify and resolve any problems.
- Closely monitor the process.