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Request your Delaware vote by mail ballot (also called an absentee ballot)




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Delaware vote by mail guide

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Delaware vote by mail deadlines

  • Earliest day to apply: January 1, 2020
  • Request your mail-in ballot (online): Received by October 30, 2020
  • Request your mail-in ballot (by mail): Received by October 30, 2020
  • Request your mail-in ballot (in person): Received by October 30, 2020
  • Return your mail-in ballot (by mail): Received by November 3, 2020
  • Return your mail-in ballot (in person): Received by November 3, 2020

Delaware vote by mail overview

Voting by mail is not as complicated as you might think. There are only a handful of steps:

  • Request your mail-in ballot by the deadline.
  • Receive your mail-in ballot via USPS.
  • Return your mail-in ballot by the deadline.

Delaware vote by mail rules

  • For the November 3, 2020 election, every registered voter will receive a mail-in ballot application in the mail.
  • In 2020, any registered Delaware voter can sign up for a mail-in ballot without providing an excuse.
  • For the November 3, 2020 election, all mail-in ballots will have pre-paid postage.

Delaware vote by mail ID requirements (request)

  • Online applications: you will need a Delaware driver's license number or Delaware state ID number.
  • Paper applications: The signature on your absentee ballot application will be compared to the signature on your voter registration card to ensure they match.

Delaware vote by mail ID requirements (return)

Your signature on the return envelope will be compared to the signature on your voter registration card to ensure they match. If you forget to sign the return envelope, your ballot might be rejected.


Delaware vote by mail directions

In almost all cases, you will need to sign up to vote by mail. The state won’t just mail you a ballot. Don't worry: we will walk you through it. There are only a handful of steps:

  1. You submit an application to vote by mail.
  2. Your Local Election Office processes your application.
  3. Your Local Election Office sends your ballot to you.
  4. You vote using the ballot and return it by the deadline.

Request your mail-in ballot online (recommended)

  1. Visit the Delaware vote by mail website.
  2. Fill out all of the required information.
  3. Hit save or submit when you are done.
  4. The deadline to apply online is: received by October 30, 2020.

Request your mail-in ballot via USPS

  1. Download the Delaware vote by mail application.
  2. Fill out all of the required fields.
  3. Print the application.
  4. Sign and date your application. This is very important.
  5. Mail or hand-deliver your completed application directly to your Local Election Office as soon as possible, but no later than the deadline.
  6. If it’s close to the deadline, call your Local Election Office and see if they will let you submit your application via email or fax.
  7. The deadline to apply by mail is: received by October 30, 2020.

Request your mail-in ballot in person

  1. Visit your Local Election Office.
  2. Ask the clerk to give you an absentee ballot application.
  3. Fill out all of the required fields.
  4. Sign and date your application.
  5. The deadline to apply in person is: received by October 30, 2020.

Receive and return your mail-in ballot

  1. Carefully read and follow the instructions, and fill out all required fields.
  2. Sign and date the outside envelope.
  3. Mail or hand-deliver your ballot to your Local Election Office. You can also hand-deliver your ballot to a state-provided dropbox. You can use our Find Out Where To Vote tool to find an official dropbox.
  4. If you mail your ballot, it must be received by November 3, 2020.
  5. If you hand-deliver your ballot, it must be received by November 3, 2020.
  6. If you miss the deadline – or forget to sign the outside envelope – your vote will not be counted.

Questions? Need help?

Contact your Local Election Office if you have any questions about voting by mail in Delaware.

Statewide election office

State of Delaware
Office of the State Election Commissioner
905 S. Governors Ave., Suite 170
Dover, DE 19904