How to Vote in Delaware's 2022 Elections

Posted on 08/02/22 by Andrew Soergel, Elissa Chudwin

En español | Delaware’s Sept. 13 primary will determine which candidates appear on November’s general election ballot for the U.S. House of Representatives and the state legislature.

Delaware is offering early in-person voting for the first time this year. New laws also allow same-day registration and vote-by-mail, but are being challenged in court. Check back for updates.

A new redistricting plan has changed certain boundaries of some state legislative districts and may affect which candidates appear on your ballot.

  • Vote-by-mail: Registered voters may either vote-by-mail or vote absentee in the upcoming elections. Vote-by-mail ballots are available to registered voters without an excuse under a new law. Absentee ballots are available to registered voters who will be out of town on Election Day or have another acceptable excuse
  • Early in-person voting: Beginning this year, Delaware will offer early in-person voting at least 10 days before Election Day. Early voting for the primary election runs from Aug. 31 through Sept. 11.
  • In-person voting on Election Day: The state’s primary election is Tuesday, Sept. 13; the general election is Tuesday, Nov. 8. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
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  • Online: Use the state’s voter registration portal to register, change your party affiliation or check your registration status. Include your driver’s license or state ID number or the last four digits of your Social Security number. Register online no later than Election Day.
  • By mail: Print and complete a voter registration form, or call your elections office to request a form. Mail, email or fax the completed form to your county elections office. Include a copy of your Delaware driver’s license, state-issued ID, current utility bill, bank statement or other government document that confirms your name and address. Registration forms must be received no later than Election Day. 


Check if you’re registered to vote through the state’s voter registration portal.

Yes. Only those who are registered as Democrats or Republicans can vote in their party’s primary.

Registered voters may apply for vote-by-mail ballots without a reason under a new law. You can apply for a vote-by-mail ballot online, by mail or in person: 

Vote-by-mail ballot requests are due by Sept. 6 for the primary and by Nov. 1 for the general election. Include your Delaware driver’s license number, state-issued ID number or the last four digits of your Social Security number.

Absentee ballots are available to people who will be out of town on Election Day or who have an acceptable reason not to vote in person, such as a work obligation, an illness or caregiving responsibilities. Ballot requests are due by Sept. 9 for the primary and by Nov. 4 for the general election.

You can apply for an absentee ballot online, by mail or in person:

  • By mail: Download, print and complete a ballot application, then mail, fax or email it to your county elections office. You can also pick up an application at your elections office. Or you can call the office and ask them to mail you an application.

Some voters, including people with disabilities and those with round-the-clock caregiving duties, can apply for permanent absentee status while filling out their application and automatically receive an absentee ballot for each election.

Mail your completed ballot to your county elections office. Prepaid postage is provided. If you voted by mail, include your signature and either your Delaware driver’s license number, state-issued ID number or the last four digits of your Social Security number on the ballot envelope. 

Election officials must receive your absentee or vote-by-mail ballot by 8 p.m. on Sept. 13 for the primary and by 8 p.m. on Nov. 8 for the general election. 

Use the state’s voter services portal to track the status of your ballot. Call your county elections office with questions.

Yes. Delaware’s 2022 elections will be the first to offer early in-person voting at least 10 days before Election Day. For the primary, early voting is being held from Aug. 31 through Sept. 11. Find a list of hours and locations at the Department of Elections website. 


The primary election is Tuesday, Sept. 13; the general election is Tuesday, Nov. 8. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. You will still be able to cast a ballot after 8 p.m. as long as you were in line before the polls closed. Use the state’s voter services portal to find a polling place near you.

No, but it’s recommended to bring a valid form of ID — like a state-issued driver’s license, a U.S. passport or a signed vehicle registration form — to speed up the process. If you don’t have a valid form of ID, you’ll need to fill out additional paperwork confirming your identity. More information about acceptable forms of ID is available through the Department of Elections website.

  • U.S. House: the state’s one seat
  • State Senate: all 21 seats
  • State House: all 41 seats

Editor’s note: This guide was updated on Aug. 2 with new information about same-day registration and vote-by-mail. The guide was first published on Aug. 5, 2020.

This story is provided by AARP Delaware. Visit the AARP Delaware page for more news, events, and programs affecting retirement, health care, and more.

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