Governor Carney postpones Delaware elections, and eases criteria for absentee voting.

Governor Carney postpones Delaware elections, and eases criteria for absentee voting.

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On Tuesday, March 24, 2020, Delaware Governor John Carney issued a sixth modification to his State of Emergency declaration, moving Delaware’s presidential primary to June 2, and suspending residential foreclosures and evictions during the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19).

In terms of voting, the order implements 3 important changes:

      • The April 28 Presidential Primary is delayed until June 2, 2020
      • The May 12th school board elections are delayed until June 16, 2020
      • Self-quarantine or social distancing will be considered valid reasons to vote by absentee ballot

Delawareans have a basic, fundamental right to vote. Today’s order will preserve that right and allow Delawareans to vote by absentee ballot in the presidential primary on June 2, said Governor Carney.

The Governor's announcement came just days after the League of Women Voters of Delaware (LWVDE) sent a letter to the Governor outlining their concerns. The League thanks the Governor and Delaware elections officials for taking this important step to preserve voting rights in these challenging times.

The full text of the emergency declaration order can be seen here.

For registration information or to request an absentee ballot go to the Delaware Department of Elections ivote.de.gov voter portal.

On the existing Absentee Ballot Application Form,  the Governor’s order allows a citizen who is not actually sick, but just "social distancing", the choice to check either of the following boxes: ( ) Sick or ( ) Temporarily or Permanently Disabled.

Delawareans with general questions about COVID-19 or their exposure risk can call the Division of Public Health’s Coronavirus Call Center at 1-866-408-1899, or 711 for individuals who are hearing-impaired, from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Questions can also be submitted by email at DPHCall@delaware.gov.

DPH will continue to update the public as more information becomes available. For the latest on Delaware’s response, go to de.gov/coronavirus.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Jonathan Starkey
Cell: (302) 256-8364
Jonathan.Starkey@delaware.gov