How to Vote in Delaware's 2022 Elections

Posted on 09/20/22 by Andrew Soergel, Elissa Chudwin

En español | Delaware’s Nov. 8 general election will decide races for the U.S. House of Representatives and the state legislature. The primary was held on Sept. 13.

Next month, the state Supreme Court will decide whether a disputed law permitting no-excuse vote-by-mail is constitutional. Registered voters may still apply for a mail ballot at this time.

Delaware is offering early in-person voting for the first time this year, and another new election law allows same-day voter registration.

Also, a new redistricting plan has changed the boundaries of some state legislative districts and may affect which candidates appear on your ballot.

  • Absentee voting: Absentee ballots are available to registered voters who will be out of town on Election Day or have another acceptable excuse. Check back for updates on vote-by-mail.

  • In-person voting on Election Day: The general election is Tuesday, Nov. 8. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
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  • U.S. House: Lee Murphy (R), incumbent Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester (D)
  • State Senate: all 21 seats
  • State House: all 41 seats

  • Online: Use the state’s voter registration portal to register 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. 

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, including a work obligation, an illness, a religious reason or caregiving responsibilities. Ballot requests are due by Nov. 4.

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.

Registered voters currently may apply for a mail ballot, but only will receive one if the state Supreme Court upholds the law permitting vote-by-mail without an excuse. A decision is expected in October.

You can apply for a vote-by-mail ballot online, by mail or in person. If the state Supreme Court rules that vote-by-mail is unconstitutional, you may be required to vote in person. Call your local Department of Elections office with questions about the status of vote-by-mail.

Ballot requests are due by Nov. 1 if the law is upheld. Include your Delaware driver’s license number, state-issued ID number or the last four digits of your Social Security number.

Mail your completed ballot to your county elections office. Prepaid postage is provided. Election officials must receive your absentee ballot by 8 p.m. on Election Day. 

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 are the first to offer early in-person voting. For the general, early voting is being held from Oct. 28 through Nov. 6. Find a list of hours and locations at the Department of Elections website. 

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.

Editor’s note: This guide was updated on Sept. 20 with information about vote-by-mail. The guide was first published on Aug. 5, 2020.

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