URGENT: Get Your Ballot In!

Use the secured ballot drop boxes when returning your voted absentee or vote by mail ballot.

Voted ballots must be returned to the county office that issued them by 8PM on Election Day.

They may NOT be dropped off at any polling places.

Visit de.gov/ballotbox for information on voting by mail in Delaware.

Please Note: All absentee or vote by mail drop boxes will be open until 8PM on Election Day.

Office Address Hours
New Castle County – Carvel State Office Building – Suite 400 (820 N. French St,
Ste 400,
Wilmington, DE 19801)
Monday – Friday (8:00AM – 4:30PM)
Saturday (9:00AM – 3:00PM)
New Castle County – Carvel State Office Building – Lobby (9th & French Sts. entrance) (820 N. French St,
Ste 400,
Wilmington, DE 19801)
Monday – Friday (7:00AM – 5:00PM)
Saturday (9:00AM – 3:00PM)
New Castle County Office Warehouse & Training Center – box is located at south (far) end of building (220 Lisa Dr,
New Castle, DE 19720)
Monday – Friday (8:00AM – 4:30PM)
Saturday (9:00AM – 3:00PM)
Kent County – Drop boxes are located by front entrance door and by warehouse door (100 Enterprise Place, Suite 5,
Dover DE 19904)
Monday – Friday (8:00AM – 4:30PM)
Saturday (9:00AM – 3:00PM)
Sussex County – Corner of Race & Depot Streets (119 N. Race St, Georgetown DE 19947) Monday – Friday (8:00AM – 4:30PM)
Saturday (9:00AM – 3:00PM)
Sussex County – Secure Drop Slot (located in door adjacent to parking lot on Race St.) (119 N. Race St, Georgetown DE 19947) 24-hours


Absentee voting for the November 6, 2018 General Election has started

Wilmington – Absentee voting for the November 6, 2018, General Election has started.  Registered voters may vote by absentee ballot for a reason stated in the Delaware Constitution.  New Castle County absentee voters must return their voted absentee ballots to the New Castle County Office no later than 8 p.m. on Tuesday, November 6, 2018, in order for the Department to count them.

Citizens in New Castle County eligible to vote by absentee ballot may vote in-person starting October 8th or by mail.  They can vote by absentee ballot at the New Castle County Office or the New Castle County Warehouse on the dates and at the times listed on the in-person schedule.

The U. S. Postal Service recommends that citizens within the United States mail their absentee ballots to their Election Office at least 7 days before the day the election.

Citizens living outside the United States returning a voted absentee ballot by mail, should send it via Air Mail in sufficient time for it to arrive by 8 p.m. on November 6, 2018.

The Delaware Code restricts the electronic delivery and return of absentee ballots to members of a Uniformed Service, their dependents, citizens living outside the United States, and people with a disability.

Delaware provides absentee voting services to Delaware citizens:

  • Within the United States,
  • Who are members of a Uniformed Service and their family (living both within and outside the US), or
  • Living outside the United States.

Delaware citizens living in the United States can request an absentee ballot:

  • Fastest – Online via the IVOTE system,
  • Slower – By printing an application, completing it, and emailing or mailing it to the New Castle County Office.
  • Slowest – By asking the New Castle County Office ( (302) 577-3464) to email or mail you an Absentee Application. Then, completing the form and emailing or mailing it to the New Castle County Office.

Uniformed service members and their family members as well as citizens living outside the United States, get the most efficient absentee service by submitting a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) to the New Castle County Office. They can do this:

New Castle County Office addresses

  • Mailing – Department of Elections, New Castle County Office, PO BOX 7079, WILMINGTON DE 19803-7079
  • Wilmington office – Carvel State Office Building, 820 N French St Suite 400, Wilmington DE 19801
  • New Castle warehouse – 220 Lisa Dr, New Castle DE 19720

For additional information about voting by absentee ballot in New Castle County check our Web Site, email the office, or call (302) 577-3464.

Citizens of Kent and Sussex Counties should contact the Department of Elections office in their county for information about voting by absentee ballot


Absentee voting for the Thursday, September 6th Primary Election has started for voters in New Castle County, Delaware.

Wilmington – Absentee voting for the Thursday, September 6th Primary Election, has started for voters in New Castle County, Delaware. New Castle County  Democrats or Republicans may vote by absentee ballot for a reason stated in the Delaware Code. Voters must return their voted absentee ballots to the New Castle County Office no later than 8 p.m. on Thursday, September 6, 2018, in order for them to be counted.

Those eligible to vote by absentee ballot in the Primary may vote in-person starting August 11th. The in-person schedule is here.  People can vote by absentee ballot in-person at the New Castle County Office or the New Castle County Warehouse. The addresses for these buildings are below.

Delaware provides absentee services to Delaware citizens:

  • Within the United States,
  • Who are members of a Uniformed Service and their family, or
  • Living outside the United States.

Delaware citizens living in the United States can request an absentee ballot:

  • Fastest – Online via the IVOTE system,
  • Slower – By printing an application, completing it, and emailing or mailing it to the New Castle County Office. The mailing address is below.
  • Slowest – By asking the New Castle County Office ( (302) 577-3464) to email or mail you an Absentee Application. Then completing the form and emailing or mailing it to the New Castle County Office. The mailing address is below.

Uniformed service members and their family members as well as citizens living outside the United States, get the most efficient service by submitting a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) to the New Castle County Office. They can do this:

For more information regarding about voting by absentee ballot in New Castle County check our Web Site, email the office, or call (302) 577-3464.

Citizens of Kent County should call  (302) 739-4498 or email the Kent County Office for information regarding absentee voting, and citizens of Sussex County  should call (302) 856-5367 or email the Sussex County Office for information regarding absentee voting.

Mailing address:
Department of Elections, New Castle Office
PO BOX 7079
WILMINGTON DE 19803-0079

In-person absentee voting locations:
Department of Elections, New Castle County Office
Carvel State Office Building
820 N FRENCH ST SUITE 400
WILMINGTON DE 19801

Department of Elections, New Castle County Warehouse
220 LISA DR
NEW CASTLE DE 19720

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


Governor Carney Signs Legislation Removing Barrier to Absentee Voting for Delaware Voters

New law removes notary requirement, expanding voting access for younger Delawareans attending school out of state

DOVER, Del. – Governor John Carney on Friday signed into law House Bill 47, bipartisan legislation that removes the notary requirement for qualified Delaware voters requesting absentee ballots. The legislation will eliminate a barrier for voters seeking to cast votes in Delaware elections – especially young Delaware voters attending school out of state.

Governor Carney signs legislation removing barrier to absentee voting for Delaware voters
Governor Carney signs legislation removing barrier to absentee voting for Delaware voters.

Representative Lyndon Yearick and Senator Brian Bushweller sponsored the legislation, along with Senator Brian Pettyjohn and Representative Kim Williams. Governor Carney signed the legislation in Dover on Friday, surrounded by its sponsors and college students from Delaware.

“We should always look for ways to make it easier for qualified Delaware voters to participate in the democratic process – not more difficult,” said Governor Carney. “This legislation does just that. It takes the common sense step of removing a barrier that had a specific negative impact on young Delawareans attending college out of state. Thank you to members of the General Assembly of both parties for their leadership on this issue.”

“Before this bill was signed, Delaware was the only state in the nation that required a notary to authorize a voter’s affidavit requesting an absentee ballot,” said Representative Yearick, R-Dover South, the prime sponsor of the measure. “It hindered anyone seeking to cast an absentee ballot, but it was especially hard on students attending out-of-state colleges.  This new law streamlines the process, removes a needless expense, and makes it easier for young adults to become active participants in the Democratic process.”

Senator Bushweller shepherded the bill through the Senate and said it represents an important change in how Delaware conducts elections. “I want to make it easier for people who are properly registered to vote to take part in our elections,” said Senator Bushweller, D-Dover.  “Requiring that a notary sign off on a registered voter’s right to participate was a real roadblock for some voters and I’m glad we’ve removed it.”

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For details on all the legislation Governor Carney has signed into law, visit the Legislative Advisories page on the Governor’s website.


May 27th Christina Referendum – Absentee voting deadlines

Wilmington DE.  Deadlines for Christina School District residents to vote by absentee ballot in the May 27th Christina School District Referendum are approaching. Act now if you need to vote by Absentee Ballot.

Residents of the Christina School District who need to vote by Absentee Ballot must submit their Absentee Affidavits by 4 p.m. on Friday, May 22nd in order to have ballots mailed to them. People requesting that the Department mail them absentee ballots may submit their completed Absentee Affidavits by FAX to (302) 577-6545 or by email to absentee@delaware.gov.

Those people who want to vote in person at the Department’s offices in the Carvel State Office Building, 820 N French St in Wilmington can do so on Thursday, May 21st and Friday, May 22nd from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Tuesday, May 26th from 8:30 a.m. to 12 Noon.

Voters who were mailed ballots must return them to the Department by 8 p.m. on May 27th in order for them to be counted.

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