Last updated on September 2, 2016
Delaware absentee ballot deadlines
- Absentee ballot application deadlines: Received by 12:00 p.m. the day before Election Day.
- Voted ballots are due: Received by the close of the polls on Election Day.
Delaware absentee ballot rules
You may vote by absentee ballot in Delaware if:
- Your business or occupation prevents you from coming to the polls, including if your occupation is the care of a family member who is at home due to illness, disability, or injury
- You are a student who is away at college or university
- You are on vacation
- The tenets or teachings of your religion prevent you from coming to the polls
- You are experiencing a temporary or permanent physical disability
- You are in the public service of the United States or the State of Delaware and are unable to come to the polls
Delaware absentee ballot directions
- Use our Absentee Ballot Tool to prepare your application.
- Sign and date the form. This is very important!
- Return your completed application to your Local Election Office as soon as possible. We’ll provide the mailing address for you.
- All Local Election Offices will accept mailed or hand-delivered forms. If it’s close to the deadline, call and see if your Local Election Office will let you fax or email the application.
- Make sure your application is received by the deadline. Your application must actually arrive by this time — simply being postmarked by the deadline is insufficient.
- Please contact your Local Election Office if you have any further questions about the exact process.
Once you receive your ballot...
- Once you receive the ballot, carefully read and follow the instructions.
- Sign and date where indicated.
- Mail your voted ballot back to the address indicated on the return envelope.
- Your voted ballot must arrive by the deadline or it will not be counted.