On July 1, Governor Carney signed House Bill 346, which allows voting by mail for the remainder of the 2020 elections.
Within 2 months of an election (remember, the statewide primary election is September 15, and the statewide general election is November 3), you should (as a registered voter) receive an application for a vote-by-mail ballot. If you wish to vote by mail, then you may complete the application, sign and date it, and put it in the mail. (You may also request your mail-in ballot online instead of waiting for the application to arrive in the mail.)
If you registered to vote by mail, then within 1 month of the election, you should receive your actual ballot in the mail. Simply fill out the ballot, sign the envelope, and then put it in the mail.
Voting, on its own, is a critical part of being a citizen of the United States. However, for local elections (such as this one), it is even more important. The previous race for District 22 was decided by only 140 votes (and with only two candidates on the ballot, that means that 70 people decided the election).
The election this year is Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020. You must register to vote by October 10, 2020, in order to vote in the general election.
In order to vote in the 2020 general election, you need to be a registered voter in the state of Delaware. If you're not registered yet, or if you're not sure, Delaware makes the process very easy (and you can do it online).
Who can register to vote? You must meet all three of these requirements:
- You are a citizen of the United States, AND
- You are a resident of the state of Delaware, AND
- You will be 18 years old on or before November 3rd, 2020.
If You Are Registered...
If you are registered, then you'll be taken to the "Registrant Detail" screen with your address, your party affiliation, as well as your polling location. Depending on when you search, you may have multiple options available under "Election Details" (the presidential primary, primary, and general elections). Based on which election you choose, the system will show you which polling place you should go to in order to vote.
You may also use the "Edit Your Registration" button to make any changes (for example, if you recently moved or want to change your political party). Please note that while your political party dictates which primary election you may vote in (Delaware is a "closed primary" state), it has no impact at all on your vote in the general election; you may vote for any candidate that you choose.
If You're Not Registered...
If you're not registered, then you'll see a message like this one stating that the system couldn't find you.
If you can't find yourself in the system, then you should register to vote.
If you have any questions, please contact the Delaware Department of Elections at (302) 739-4277.