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We Can Vote is a nonpartisan resource center that provides regularly updated information and opportunities for each of us to do our part in making the 2020 elections safe, secure, and successful.

Election officials are doing their best to respond to COVID-19, and while the pandemic has disrupted many aspects of civic life, one thing is certain: America will hold elections this November. Together, we can help make sure every eligible voter is able to safely register, vote, and have their voices heard.

Delaware: Latest Election & Voting Updates

Last updated Monday, May 25, 2020 11:58 AM ET

Important News

  • May 7, 2020 Official Update Presidential Primary Postponed to July 7

    Governor John Carney modified the state's emergency declaration to reschedule the presidential primary for July 7. The Delaware Department of Elections will mail absentee ballot applications to all registered voters, and voters will be permitted to select the “sick” or “temporarily or permanently physically disabled” options on their absentee ballot application to cast a vote in the presidential primary election, even if they are not exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19. The declaration also reschedules school board elections for July 21.

  • March 24, 2020 Official Update Governor Extends Absentee Balloting to All Registered Voters

    Governor John Carney updated the state's emergency declaration to reschedule the state's presidential primaryand to allow any eligible voter who wishes to avoid lines and crowds amid COVID-19 to cast an absentee ballot. 

  • March 9, 2020 CDC Recommendations for Election Polling Locations
  1. Saturday, June 13, 2020

    Primary Election Voter Registration Deadline

  2. Friday, July 3, 2020

    Primary Election Absentee Ballot Application Deadline

    Voters who are practicing self-quarantining or social distancing are permitted to vote by absentee for the reason: "I am sick, or physically disabled."

  3. Tuesday, July 7, 2020

    Primary Election Absentee Ballot Deadline

    Ballots must be received by your county elections office by 8:00 p.m. on July 7.

  4. Tuesday, July 7, 2020

    Primary Election Day

  5. Saturday, October 10, 2020

    General Election Voter Registration Deadline

  6. Friday, October 30, 2020

    General Election Absentee Ballot Application Deadline

  7. Tuesday, November 3, 2020

    General Election Absentee Ballot Deadline

    Ballots must be received by your county elections office by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.

  8. Tuesday, November 3, 2020

    Election Day

vote absentee icon. How to vote absentee in Delaware

Delaware allows voters to cast an absentee ballot under certain circumstances and will allow any voter who is abiding by public health recommendations to avoid public gatherings to do so for the July 7 primary, including people who are not suffering from any symptoms of COVID-19, by selecting the "sick" or "physically disabled" options on their application. The state has not said whether the same guidance will apply for the November election.

Take Action to Support Safe & Secure Elections in Delaware

Below are some practical, positive actions you can take to help voters prepare for the 2020 election and cast their ballots in the way that’s best and healthiest for them.

(Read our guidelines for what we include.)

Information about voting is based on:

  • Official policy announcements on government websites
  • News stories citing verified statements from government officials

Information about actions people can take will be:

  • Non-partisan 
  • Positive and practical
  • Community-based and supported by trusted partners and networks

Policy information will focus on:

  • Proactive steps officials are taking to hold elections
  • How community groups, individuals and businesses are supporting elections
  • Public education efforts around voting
  • Pen and pencil icon. Demand a Plan for Safe Elections

    Delaware has not shared an official plan for holding safe elections in November. Send a letter to Governor Carney and demand that they share their plan.


    Demand a Plan

  • Hand raised icon. Volunteer to help with elections in your community

    Election officials will need more volunteers this year to help run elections while protecting public health. Sign up to be a volunteer in your community and support hard working election officials.


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We Can Vote is calling on all states and voting territories to develop clear election plans that protect our democracy while also preserving public health. Policymakers, and election administrators can act decisively to do the following:


  • Provide mail ballot options to all eligible voters, including the ability to request ballots online in a secure and equitable manner;
  • Preserve in-person voting options in November that:
    • Ensure sufficient hours and locations to prevent long lines or large crowds
    • Ensure enough in-person options on tribal lands and in other locations with limited mail access
    • Use best practices from public health officials to have healthy polling sites
  • Engage with major employers, colleges, and media so that any shifts in election administration serve voters in local communities, and so local communities can assist by volunteering to help by being poll workers for America's largest civic event;
  • Create rules and protocols through administrative and legislative action so that all eligible Americans can vote in November's election.

These simple steps can help ensure that eligible voters can access their ballots while minimizing the risks of this virus. These steps will allow communities to come together and support hard-working election officials who ensure that America's democracy is healthy and strong.