Delaware's Voting Machines
Delaware purchased new voting systems in 2018. The new machines were used for the first time in the school board elections in May 2019. After you mark your choices on the electronic screen, the new voting machines print a paper ballot as the ballot of record. It is very important to carefully review the paper ballot to make sure it reflects your true choices, before finalizing your vote. The paper ballot will be used for recounts when needed, and for routine post-election audits that verify machine accuracy.
Watch this Delaware Department of Elections short demonstration video to see how to cast your vote using the new machines.
Voting and Elections Calendar
Visit the State of Delaware Election Calendars page to find Delaware's current and prior-year official election calendars.
Per Governor Carney's sixth and 15th modifications to his State of Emergency declaration, Delaware's April and May elections have been postponed, initially until June, but now until July 2020. The orders also provide for expanded use of absentee voting due to social distancing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Presidential Primary: Tuesday April 28th, June 2, July 7, 2020, 7 am to 8 pm
- School Board Election: Tuesday May 12th, June 16, July 21, 2020, 7 am to 8 pm
- State Primary: Tuesday September 15th, 2020, polls open from 7 am to 8 pm
- General Election: Tuesday November 3rd, 2020, polls open from 7 am to 8 pm
How to Vote in Delaware State and Federal Elections
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 yout vote even if it is done after 8:00 pm.
For Uniformed and Overseas Voters: Military and Overseas voters are United States Citizens who are members of the Army, Navy, Air Force Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Merchant Marine, commissioned corps of the Public Health Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, family members of the above and United States citizens residing outside of the country. For information, use the Absentee Services links of the iVote.de.gov Voter Portal.
Felons: Former felons are eligible to vote if they have met certain requirements: at least five years must have elapsed since the full sentence (prison and probation) and any fines have been satisfied before an application to register can be made. Felony convictions for murder, some sexual crimes or a crime against the public (e.g. abuse of office, bribery, etc.) results in permanent loss of the right to vote. To see if you are eligible please contact (302)739-4277.
To Change your address or name: It is your responsibility to notify your County Department of Elections as soon as you move. If you haven't yet notified your County Department, you can still vote. Call your County Department of Elections or check the online Voter Portal to locate your new polling place. You may fill out a change of address in the Fail Safe Voting line at the polling place.
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.
For information about voting and elections not covered above: Contact the County Department of Elections for information.
Voting in Municipal Elections
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 requirements for the conduct of municipal elections. There is a separate affidavit to apply for an absentee ballot in municipal elections. Contact the County Department of Elections for information.