Delaware Voter Info

Delaware Voter Information

Facts At A Glance

Registration Deadline: October 15th (by mail)

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Do First Time Voters Need ID?

yes

Do All Voters Need ID?

no

Complete Delaware Voter ID Laws

Do 1st time voters need ID? Yes
Do all voters need ID? No
Student ID accepted? Yes

 

What forms of ID are acceptable?

  • Valid photo identification or a copy of a current utility bill (including cell phone bills), a current lease, tuition bill, student housing bill, Delaware resident income tax return from the last year, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that shows the name and address of the voter prior to voting for the first time at a polling place in the State
  • Delaware driver’s license
  • Delaware car registration with your voting address
  • Current lease
  • Student ID (if it has your address on it)

Delaware Student Voter Info

Delaware requires that a voter be “a bona fide resident.” Delaware courts have held that residence means “domicile.” To establish a domicile, an individual must establish “physical presence” and intend to make it a “permanent home.” This includes an “actual abandonment” of the previous home by intending to live at the new home indefinitely. Students who lived in Delaware before moving to another state for school, and who wish to establish or keep their Delaware voting residency (i.e., at their parents’ Delaware address) should have no problem doing so, unless they have already registered to vote in their new state. Students who move to Delaware to attend school with the intention of making Delaware their home and with no intent of moving back to their previous place of residence should be able to establish voting residency in Delaware.

Delaware Ex-Offender Voter Info

Individuals convicted of a felony are ineligible to vote while incarcerated, on parole, or on probation. Some ex-felons can regain the right to vote five years after completion of their full sentence and the payment of fines and fees. However, people convicted of certain felonies–such as murder, manslaughter, bribery or public corruption, and sex offenses–are barred from voting unless they receive a formal pardon from the governor.