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


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.


Delaware Personal Income Tax Season Begins January 29

Division of Revenue Director Jennifer R. Hudson has announced that the Delaware individual income tax season will begin on Monday, January 29, 2018, concurrently with the opening of the federal individual tax season announced by the IRS. While this is slightly later than previous years, the January 29 date was set to ensure the security and readiness of key tax processing systems, and to assess the potential impact of tax legislation on 2017 tax returns. Delaware will begin issuing income tax refunds on Monday, February 19, 2018. The State of Delaware will begin to accept business tax returns on January 16, 2018.

Tax Form

Electronic filing remains the fastest and safest way to file your personal income tax returns. Delaware will continue to offer taxpayers the opportunity to file for free through the Division of Revenue website. Delaware’s user-friendly system is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and allows taxpayers to file their returns and schedule payments to be made closer to the April 30, 2018 deadline. You may pay your State of Delaware taxes using a credit card, or by debiting your bank account.

If you prefer to use tax-preparation software, you can electronically file your federal and state income tax returns for a fee. Many of these products also offer free-filing options for Delaware taxpayers who meet one of the following qualifications:

  • Those with adjusted gross income that is less than the software’s established means criteria; or
  • Active-duty military with an adjusted gross income of $60,000 or less (including Reservists and National Guard); or
  • Those who qualify for the Federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).

Returns filed in hard copy are processed using a modernized system that identifies tax filings based on the return type. Any taxpayer who files a 2017 tax return using a prior-year return, or who modifies the paper return in some way, could experience significant delays. Paper tax returns will be available at local libraries, Revenue’s three public service offices, or via download at de.gov/17taxforms.

Delaware individual income tax returns will be due on or before April 30, 2018. It is important to remember that anyone who has worked in Delaware must file a Delaware tax return, even if they are not a Delaware resident. Similarly, Delaware residents who work in another state are required to file returns with Delaware in addition to the state in which they worked.
By law, Delaware employees should receive their W-2 forms from their employers no later than January 31, 2018 for any job worked during the 2017 calendar year. If you have not received a W-2 by January 31, 2018 please contact your employer.


Dec. 15 Is the Last Day to Sign up for 2018 Coverage on Delaware’s Health Insurance Marketplace

EW CASTLE (Dec. 11, 2017) – Delawareans have just days left to sign up for or to change their health coverage for 2018 through the Health Insurance Marketplace. Open enrollment ends on Dec. 15, with coverage for those who enroll by that date and who pay their first premium beginning Jan. 1, 2018.

State residents can sign up for coverage at www.HealthCare.gov or by calling 1-800-318-2596 (TTY: 1-855-889-4325). Free, in-person assistance is available through several Delaware organizations. State-licensed insurance agents and brokers also can help individuals enroll or re-enroll and help employers update their coverage, at no extra charge. For contact information, go to www.ChooseHealthDE.com.

As of Dec. 2, 8,846 Delawareans had signed up for 2018 coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace, an increase of 7.3 percent from a similar period last year. For 2017, more than 27,000 people enrolled for coverage, including 73 percent who re-enrolled and 27 percent who were new enrollees.

“We urge Delawareans who need health insurance coverage through the marketplace to have a sense of urgency in signing up,” Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) Secretary Dr. Kara Odom Walker said. “This enrollment season, the final deadline of Dec. 15 is six weeks earlier than last year’s deadline. Now is the time to shop and enroll on HealthCare.gov or to talk with a marketplace enrollment assister or insurance agent or broker about your coverage options.”

Consumers can go to HealthCare.gov to shop for coverage for 2018, compare plans and to enroll before midnight Friday, Dec. 15. Individuals who need help enrolling can receive free in-person assistance from federally funded and trained specialists at several Delaware organizations, including Westside Family Healthcare, Chatman LLC, Henrietta Johnson Medical Center in Wilmington and La Red Health Center in Georgetown.

About 81 percent of those enrolled on Delaware’s Marketplace for 2017 received tax credits to help pay their monthly premiums. Financial help is available to individuals with an annual household income up to $47,520 and up to $97,200 for a family of four.

“Many people don’t realize that they may be eligible for tax credits to help pay their monthly premiums,” Secretary Walker said. “If you are uncertain about your eligibility based on your annual household income, it’s best to contact a local enrollment assister to help walk you through the process.”

Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Delaware is the only insurer on Delaware’s Marketplace after Aetna announced earlier this year that it would not sell marketplace plans for 2018. That means enrollees who have coverage with Aetna for 2017 must choose one of seven Highmark medical plans that are available for purchase in 2018 or they will be automatically enrolled in a similar plan offered by Highmark. Highmark’s plans include one gold plan, three silver, two bronze and one catastrophic. The categories are based on how enrollees choose to split the costs of care with their insurance company. Bronze plans have low monthly premiums, but high costs when you need care; gold plans have high premiums, but lower costs when you need care.

Two insurers – Delta Dental of Delaware, Inc., and Dominion Dental Services, Inc. – offer a collective 12 stand-alone dental plans, six with a low actuarial level (70 percent) and six with a high actuarial level (85 percent).

In addition to the Health Insurance Marketplace, some residents might be eligible for coverage through Delaware’s expanded Medicaid program, which is open year-round. More than 10,000 Delawareans have received coverage under the Medicaid expansion. To be screened for eligibility or to apply for Medicaid benefits, go to Delaware ASSIST.

Under the Affordable Care Act, individuals who can afford health coverage, but who choose not to buy it are subject to paying a fee when they file their federal tax return for the year they don’t have coverage. For 2017, the fee will be equal to the higher of these amounts: 2.5 percent of annual household income or $695 per adult, plus $347.50 for each child under 18. The maximum amount is $2,085 per household. In addition to the fee, consumers will be responsible for the total cost of any health care expenses they incur. Without changes by Congress, the same tax penalties will be in effect for 2018 as well.

Consumers can estimate their penalty using the penalty calculator on ChooseHealthDE.com.
After open enrollment ends Dec. 15, Delawareans can enroll in coverage only if they experience a life event that qualifies them for a special enrollment period. Among the many qualifying life events are birth or adoption of a child, a permanent move, loss of other coverage through your job, and marriage.

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The Department of Health and Social Services is committed to improving the quality of life of Delaware’s citizens by promoting health and well-being, fostering self-sufficiency, and protecting vulnerable populations.