Delaware Student Mock Election Predicts Wins for Carper, Blunt Rochester

Dover, DE – Election Day is still a few days away, but Delaware students tallied their votes for statewide offices today in Dover at the 2018 Student Mock Election Convention. In what’s become a bellwether for elections in Delaware, students picked incumbents Sen. Tom Carper and Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester to continue representing the First State in Washington.

With nearly 30,000 votes cast by students across 142 Delaware schools, delegates convened in Legislative Hall to announce their winners. Down ballot, victories went to Colleen Davis for state treasurer, Kathleen McGuiness for auditor of accounts and Kathleen Jennings for attorney general. (Full Student Mock Election Results here.)

Since 2010, the Student Mock Election has correctly predicted the results of 18 out of 21 statewide races in Delaware, an 86-percent accuracy rate.

“There’s no more fundamental duty in our democracy than the casting of your vote, and I’m proud to know that thousands of Delaware students are learning from an early age just how important that responsibility is,” said Gov. John Carney. “I want to thank the teachers who make this program a success, and all the students who made their voices heard this week.”

Each election year, the Student Mock Election is conducted by teachers statewide in partnership with the Office of the State Elections Commissioner, the Delaware Department of State, the University of Delaware Democracy Project and the League of Women Voters. Coupled with lesson plans and classroom discussion about elections and the democratic process, fourth through 12th grade students have access to a special online voting portal in their schools administered by state elections officials and the Department of Technology and Information.

“Being informed about the candidates and the issues at stake is just as important as casting that ballot on Election Day, and every election year I’m impressed by the level of engagement our students bring to this program,” said Elections Commissioner Elaine Manlove. “These students are thoughtful, educated, respectful and opinionated – just what Delaware should want in its future generations of voters.”

“The Student Mock Election is one of my favorite events of the election season, since the results historically have been a pretty good predictor of the real outcomes on Election Day,” said Secretary of State Jeff Bullock. “To all the students who participated, hold on to that enthusiasm after you turn 18 and don’t let an election go by without fulfilling your civic duty.”

Friday’s convention also featured awards for the schools with the highest rates of voter participation: Newark Charter School, Charter School of Wilmington, and Wilmington Christian School; and the most spirited student delegation: Odyssey Charter School.


Voter registration for the November 6, 2018, General Election ends October 13, 2018  

Wilmington – Voter registration for the November 6, 2018, General Election ends October 13, 2018.  You do not need to re-register if you are already registered. Citizens can check their registration status and perform other registration tasks at Delaware’s Voter Portal – https://ivote.de.gov. If you have moved or changed your name, update your information so that the correct information is on the Poll List.

Voter registration requirements:

  • A citizen of the United States
  • A resident of Delaware (Delaware is your home)
  • Will be 18 years old on or before the date of the next General Election

Register on-line

Delaware’s IVOTE system operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week with the exception of occasional brief periods for system maintenance.

Register by mail

Print a form, complete it, and mail it to the Department of Elections office in your county.  Mail your registration application before October 13th. The Department uses the postmark to determine whether or not it receives your application on time. Applications with a postmark later than October 13th are late.

Register in-person

Go to any Delaware Election Office on regular business days from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.  You can also register to vote on Saturday, October 13th from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Citizens can also register at the Department’s County Offices when they are open for in-person absentee voting.

Department addresses:

State Election Commissioner – 905 S. Governors Ave Suite 170, Dover DE 19904, Phone: (302) 739-4277

Kent County Office – 100 Enterprise Pl Suite 5, Dover DE 19904, Phone: (302) 739-4498

New Castle County Office – Carvel State Office Building, 820 North French St Suite 400, Wilmington DE 19801, Phone: (302) 577-3464

*New Castle County  Office’s Warehouse – 220 Lisa Dr, New Castle DE 19720, Phone: (302) 328-8652. *Only open for registration activities  during  absentee voting hours.

Sussex County Office – 119 N. Race St, Georgetown DE 19947, Phone: (302) 856-5367

Contact: Howard Sholl, Department of Elections, New Castle County Office, (302) 577-5066


Delaware ranks third nationally in 2016 Election Performance Index, or EPI.

Wilmington – Delaware ranks third nationally in the 2016 Election Performance Index, or EPI.  The State finishes behind Vermont and Minnesota. Delaware ranked from fifth to ninth in previous EPIs.

The EPI evaluates the overall performance in election administration of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. The Pew Center for the States produced the first EPI following the 2008 General Election. Pew published subsequent EPIs following the 2010, 2012 and 2014 General Elections. The EPI uses data from various surveys to determine State scores in the 17 indicators used to rank the States. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) took over the EPI starting with the 2016 General Election.  The EPI includes a detailed explanation of the methodology.

Delaware scored higher than the National Average in 13 areas, including:

  • Residual vote rate of 0.32% compared to the National Average of 1.4%. The EPI states that this “…measures the performance of voting [equipment] by calculating the number of under- and over-votes cast in an election, as a percentage of voter turnout.” The EPI explains this topic more fully in the Indicators section.
  • Voting wait time of 4.9 minutes compared to the National Average of 8.24 minutes.
  • Voter registration rate of 86.99% compared to the National Average of 84.18%.
  • Turnout of 64.61% compared to the National Average of 61.64%.

Delaware scored lower that the National Average in the following areas:

  • Disability or illness-related voting problems where Delaware scored 17.22% compared to the National Average of 14.16%.
  • Mail ballots not returned where Delaware scored 11.93% compared to the National Average of 11.11%.
  • Military and overseas ballots rejected where Delaware scored 4% compared to the National Average of 3.55%.
  • Registrations rejected where Delaware scored 7.58% compared to the National Average of 5.65%.  Long-standing procedures resulted in staff coding records coding records as rejected instead of duplicate or test records. The Department corrected this problem. Delaware’s future rejected registration score will be much lower than the National Average.

Delaware uses technology to improve the delivery of election services to the State’s voters.  The state’s iVote voter portal is a “one-stop location” where Delaware voters can register to vote, update their voter registration, find their polling place, view their sample ballot, request an absentee ballot, and much more at their convenience. The iVote system operates 24/7/365 with the exception of brief periods for maintenance.  Additionally, the Delaware’s award-winning e-Signature system, is a model copied by many states including those touting automatic registration.  The e-Signature system offers a convenient method for Delaware’s citizens to register to vote or update their voter registration record while conducting business with the Division of Motor Vehicles, maximizing efficiency and respecting their busy schedules.

State Election Commissioner Elaine Manlove noted: “Delaware’s Elections Team is dedicated to providing the highest quality and most convenient voter registration and voting experience to the State’s voters. Our mission of using technology to improve every facet of elections is reflected in our EPI rating.  We will remain dedicated to continually improving the quality of service provided to Delawareans.”

Contact: Howard Sholl, Department of Elections, New Castle County Office, (302) 577-3464.


Saturday, August 11th is the last day for unregistered citizens to register to vote before the Thursday, September 6th Primary.

Saturday, August 11th is the last day for unregistered citizens to register to vote before the Thursday, September 6th Primary. Citizens who are already registered do not have to re-register.

The quickest and easiest way to register to vote is via Delaware’s IVOTE system. This system is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week with the exception of occasional brief periods for system maintenance. In order to be eligible to vote in the Primary you must be registered as a Democrat to vote in the Democratic Primary or as a Republican to vote in the Republican Primary. Folks registering without designating a party or with another party will not be able to vote in the September Primary. Citizens who are already registered without a party affiliation or in another political party can apply to change their party affiliation, however the change will not be effective until after the September 6th Primary.

Another way to register is to print a form, complete it and mail it to the Department of Election office in your county.  In order to be eligible to vote in the Primary, the envelope containing the Voter Registration Application must be postmarked on or before August 11th.

Delaware’s Election Offices in each county will be open from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 11th for those who want to register in-person. The addresses are listed below.

State Election Commissioner – 905 S. Governors Ave Suite 170, Dover DE 19904, Telephone: (302) 739-4277

Kent County Office – 100 Enterprise Pl Suite 5, Dover DE 19904. Phone: (302) 739-4498

New Castle County Office – Carvel State Office Building, 820 North French St Suite 400, Wilmington DE 19801, Phone: (302) 577-3464

New Castle County Warehouse – 220 Lisa Dr, New Castle DE 19720, Phone: (302) 328-8652

Sussex County Office – 119 N. Race St, Georgetown DE 19947, Phone: (302) 856-5367

Contact: Howard Sholl, Dept of Elections, New Castle County Office, (302) 577-5066.


Party affiliation change deadline approaching

Wilmington –  The deadline for a person to change their party affiliation before Delaware’s 2018 Primary Election is Friday, May 25, 2018.  You must be registered as a Democrat or Republican to vote in a primary. Democrats vote in a Democratic Primary and Republicans vote in a  Republican Primary. Delaware does not permit persons registered as unaffiliated or with another party to vote in a Primary Election.

You can change your party affiliation –

♦ On-line at https://ivote.de.gov (available 24/7).

♦ Any business day at a Department of Elections office until 4:30 p.m.

♦ By returning a completed application to one of the State’s Election offices.

Department Offices:

♦ State Election Commissioner – 905 S. Governors Ave Suite 170, Dover DE 19904, Phone: (302) 739-4277.

♦ Kent County Office – 100 Enterprise Pl Ste 5, Dover DE 19904, Phone: (302) 739-4498.

♦ New Castle County Office – Carvel State Office Building, 820 North French St Suite 400, Wilmington DE 19801, Phone: (302) 577-3464 .

♦ Sussex County Office – 119 N. Race St, Georgetown DE 19947, Phone: (302) 856-5367.