Election Rules

Primary Election: July 7

General Election Voter Registration Deadline: October 3

Delaware’s Department of Justice runs an Address Confidentiality Program for crime victims registering to vote. Learn more here.

Restoration of Voting Rights After Felony Convictions: Those who commit disqualifying felonies (murder, bribery, sexual offenses) are permanently disenfranchised. The right to vote will be restored for felons who committed other felonies after being pardoned or the completion of sentence and parole or probation.

ID Requirements for Voting: An ID is not required, however if you do not show your ID at the polling site, you will need to fill out a form before you can vote.

Absentee Voting: Mail-in ballot applications will be automatically sent to all registered voters for the July 7 primary election. An excuse is required to obtain an absentee ballot. Voters can fill out a form online and return it to their county Board of Elections. Completed ballots must be received by the close of polls on Election Day. View the list of excuses and download the application here.

Gender Gaps in Representation

Delaware ranks 40th in the country for women’s representation in the State Legislature.

Delaware Congressional Delegation

Delaware State Legislature

Voter Turnout

Delaware had higher voter turnout than the United States overall for both men and women in the 2016 Elections.

Percent Voter Turnout by Gender

Percent Voter Turnout by Race

Other races not shown due to population size