How to Vote in Delaware's 2022 Elections

Posted on 11/07/22 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 Wednesday, Sept. 13.

New laws allowing no-excuse vote-by-mail and same-day voter registration in Delaware have been struck down by the state Supreme Court. Another law permitting early in-person voting remains in effect. Voters who applied for a vote-by-mail ballot, and do not qualify for an absentee ballot, must cast their ballots at their polling place or early voting location. Check the Department of Elections website for more information.

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.

  • 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

Note that the registration deadline (Saturday, Oct. 15) for the general election has passed. Register for future elections online, by mail or in person:

  • 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.
  • 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.

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.

Note that the deadline to apply for an absentee ballot for the general election has passed. For future elections, apply 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. 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.

Delaware’s 2022 elections were the first to offer early in-person voting. For the general, early voting began Monday, Oct. 28, and ran through Sunday, Nov. 6.

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 Nov. 7 with information about voting in the general election. The guide was first published on Aug. 5, 2020.

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