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Delaware absentee ballot guide

Last updated: June 25, 2020
  • In Delaware, you can apply for an absentee ballot online, by-mail , or in-person.

For the July 7, 2020 primary, all voters (who have not already requested a absentee ballot) will receive an absentee ballot application in the mail.

Absentee ballot deadlines

  • In-person: 1 day before Election Day
  • By-mail: Received 4 days before Election Day
  • Online: 1 day before Election Day
  • Voted absentee ballots are due: Received by Election Day

Who can vote by absentee ballot in Delaware

Any registered Delaware resident may apply for an absentee ballot and vote by mail.

If you are requesting an absentee ballot due to COVID-19 (including practicing self-quarantining or social distancing), you must check the "I am sick, or physically disabled" excuse when filling out the absentee application form. This is reason #3 on the absentee ballot application.

Apply online (recommended)

  1. You can apply for an absentee ballot online in Delaware.
  2. We recommend this option, since it is faster than applying by-mail or in-person.
  3. The deadline to apply online is: 1 day before Election Day.

Apply by-mail or in-person

  1. Download and fill out the Delaware absentee ballot application.
  2. Sign and date your form.
  3. Mail or hand-deliver your completed form directly to your local election office. You should submit your form as soon as possible, but no later than the deadline.
  4. The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot by-mail is: Received 4 days before Election Day.
  5. The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot in-person is: 1 day before Election Day.

Your absentee ballot should arrive within a week of your application. If it doesn’t arrive, call your local election office and follow up.

Once your ballot arrives

  1. Once you receive your absentee ballot, carefully read and follow the instructions.
  2. Mail or hand-deliver your completed absentee ballot to your local elections office. Your ballot must be received by the deadline or it will not be counted.
  3. Your voted absentee ballot must be received by Election Day.

Confused? Need help?

Contact your local elections office if you have any questions about absentee ballots in Delaware.