DELAWARE

VOTING GUIDE

Including Student Information

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+ Registration Deadlines and Election Dates

  • Voter Registration Deadline: Received or postmarked 24 days prior to Election Day
  • Primary Election Registration Deadline: August 11, 2018. Change party affiliation by May 25, 2018.
  • Primary Election: September 6, 2018
  • General Election Registration Deadline: October 13, 2018
  • General Election: November 6, 2018

+ Official Election Websites

+ Register at School or Home

Students have a choice about where to register to vote.
Students attending college may register at their campus address or choose to remain registered or register at their permanent or home address.
You may only be registered and vote in one location.

+ What Type of ID Do I Need to Register?

Delaware’s voter registration form asks for your Delaware driver’s license or ID number, or the last four digits of your Social Security Number. Be sure to provide one of these numbers if you have it.

+ What Type of ID Do I Need to Vote?

Voters will be asked to show ID when checking in to vote, but they may sign an affirmation of identity if they do not have accepted proof of identity.

Acceptable IDs together must show the identity and address of the voter and includes:

  • Delaware Driver’s license or ID
  • Student ID
  • Other current photo ID,
  • A current utility bill, bank statement, credit card statement, paycheck, lease, or another type of bill or statement, and
  • Any other documentation that a person can reasonably and commonly accept as proof of identity and address.

+ Where Do I Vote?

Make a plan. Look up your voting site and hours at: ivote.de.gov/voterpoll.aspx

+ How Can I Vote?

By Mail

You can request an absentee ballot online at https://elections.delaware.gov/voter/absenteeballot.shtml

Delaware requires voters to have an excuse to vote absentee. Some reasons include:

  • Unable to go to the polls on Election Day due to the nature of my business or occupation (including students);
  • Absent from the district while on vacation;
  • Unable to go to the polls on Election Day due to the tenets or teachings of my religion.
  • Unable to go the polls on Election Day due to personal sickness, or temporary or permanent disability;
  • Care-provider for a family member at home in need of constant care; or
  • Unable to go to the polls on Election Day due to public service for the U.S. or Delaware.

Completed absentee ballots must be returned to your county Department of Elections by the time polls close on Election Day.

Early In-person

Absentee votes may be cast in person at your county Department of Elections. Contact your county Department of Elections to find out the days and hours when in-person absentee ballots will be available.

Election Day

Voting sites will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day. If you are in line by the closing time then you will be allowed to vote.

+ Common Questions/Concerns

Registering to Vote Does Not Affect Your:

  • Federal Financial Aid
    • Where you register to vote will not affect federal financial aid such as Pell Grants, Perkins or Stafford loans, or your dependency status for FAFSA
  • Status as a Dependent on Your Parents’ Taxes
    • Being registered to vote at a different address from your parents does not prevent them from claiming you as a dependent on their taxes
  • Tuition Status
    • Being deemed out-of-state for tuition purposes does not prevent you from choosing to register to vote in your campus community

Will registering to vote in Delaware affect my driver’s license or car registration?

  • No. Delaware does not require students who register to vote in the state to register their cars or change their driver’s license.

Fair Elections Center and Campus Vote Project intend the information contained herein is used only as a general guide. This document should not be used as a substitute for consultation with a licensed Delaware legal professional.

Last updated June 2018