2020 election in Delaware: What you need to know about voting
New Castle County will be taking extra steps to make sure voting is safe on Election Day this year. Delaware News Journal
Here's a rundown of the key information on voting in the 2020 election in Delaware.
The state is keeping all of its polling places open for the general election on Nov. 3 for those who want to vote in person while maintaining social distancing and sanitation at the polls.
Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day.
There's no set list of acceptable IDs needed to vote in person in Delaware. Voters can show "anything that confirms identity & residence of the voter," according to Delaware Elections Commissioner Anthony Albence. Options include a driver's license, a state ID, a polling place card, a blank statement, a utility bill, another bill, or mail addressed to the voter's address where they're registered.
Voters who qualify for absentee voting can cast their ballot by fax or email.
Mail-in ballots are optional and aren't mailed automatically, but the state is mailing applications for mail-in ballots to registered voters for this election. The Elections Department is urging voters who don’t want to go to the polls on Election Day to obtain and return their ballot as soon as possible so that it will arrive on time and be counted.
If you're nervous about the Post Office getting your ballot getting to the Elections Department on time, you can drop it off yourself at the elections office of the county where you live.
Each office is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except on Nov. 3 when they will be open until 8 p.m.
Sussex County Department of Elections Office
119 N. Race Street, Georgetown
Kent County Department of Elections Office
100 Enterprise Place, Suite 5, Dover
New Castle County Department of Elections Office
Carvel State Office Building, 820 North French Street Suite 400, Wilmington
A drop box is also available in the lobby of the building, which is open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
New Castle County Warehouse and Training Center
220 Lisa Drive, New Castle
A drop box is located at the south (far) end of the building.
Where to go for more information
If you don't have a computer, you can call the Department of Elections for more information on how to get ready for the primary election:
- Office of the State Election Commissioner: (302) 739-4277
- Kent County Office: (302) 739-4498
- New Castle County Office: (302) 577-3464
- Sussex County Office: (302) 856-5367
Sarah Gamard covers government and politics for Delaware Online/The News Journal. You can reach her at (302) 324-2281 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also follow her on Twitter @SarahGamard.