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Last Chance to Vote: The Procrastinator’s Guide to Delaware Voter Registration

If you're a Delaware resident who still hasn't registered to vote, here's what you need to know.



    Last Chance to Vote: The Procrastinator’s Guide to Delaware Voter Registration

    Time is running out for Delaware residents who want to register to vote or update their voter information in time for the Nov. 6 midterm election.

    The last day Delaware voters can register to cast their ballot in the upcoming midterm election is Saturday, Oct. 13.

    Here's what you need to know to get ready to vote in Delaware:

    Who can vote?

    To register to vote in Delaware, you must:

    • Be a citizen of the United States and a resident of Delaware.
    • Be at least 18 years of age on the day of the election.
    • Have not been adjudged mentally incompetent in a judicial guardianship or equivalent proceeding.
    • Have not been convicted of a disqualifying felony (murder or manslaughter, offenses against public administration, or any felony constituting a sexual offense); not be incarcerated, on parole nor on probation.

    Online voter registration:

    • Delaware offers online voter registration
    • You need either a Delaware ID or your Social Security number to use Delaware's online voter registration system. If you choose not to provide this information, you can still register to vote by mail.
    • The deadline to register online to vote in Delaware is Saturday, Oct. 13.

    In-person voter registration:

    • Those looking to register in person can use this site to locate their local election office; you can register at any of the Department of Elections' offices, at any Delaware DMV (when applying for, renewing or updating a driver's license or state ID), at the Department of Labor, at some Social Security offices, and at institutions of higher education when you register for classes. Office hours vary by location.
    • Need help? You can enter your home address here to determine your voting district and local polling place.
    • The deadline to register to vote in person in Delaware is Saturday, Oct. 13.

    By-mail voter registration:

    • Print and fill out the Delaware voter registration application, then mail, email or fax it along with a copy of your ID (either a Delaware driver's license/state ID, or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that shows your name and address) to the department's office for your county
    • To qualify to vote in Delaware on Nov. 6, your form must be postmarked by Saturday, Oct. 13.

      Note: Anyone lacking a fixed residence or who is homeless and is otherwise qualified to vote in Delaware may register by completing the proper registration forms and providing two pieces of identification containing his/her name; one of the pieces must include the mailing address on the application, which may be a shelter or agency.

      Active-duty military, their families, and voters living overseas can register to vote and request their absentee ballot using the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). If they don't receive that ballot in time, they can fill out and send a the Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot found here. 

      Voters are able to check their voter information and status online if they wish to verify or change their information. 

      For this upcoming midterm election, registered voters in the state of Delaware will choose an attorney general, state treasurer, United States senator, United States House representative and most of the state legislature.

      The deadline for Pennsylvania voter registration was Oct. 9. Registration in New Jersey ends Oct. 16.

      The final deadline for Delaware officials to receive and count a civilian absentee ballot is Nov. 6 at 8 p.m.