Delaware ID requirements for absentee ballots

Who is eligible for Absentee Voting?

You must be a registered voter and unable to go to your regular polling place for the following reasons:

  • Work: The nature of your work prevents you from going to your polling place
  • School: Your enrollment in higher education prevents you from going to your polling place
  • Public Service: Your service to the U.S. or to the State of Delaware prevents you from going to your polling place (Spouses or dependents of the person in service also qualify)
  • Religion: The tenets or teaching of your religion prevent you from going to your polling place
  • Vacation: You are on vacation on Election Day
  • Illness: You are sick
  • Permanently or temporarily disabled
  • Incarcerated (Not for a felony)

Do you need to submit ID with your absentee ballot request?

Acceptable ID is not required by mail, although depending on the reason for voting absentee, the absentee ballot application may need to be notarized.

Application must be notarized if:

  • The nature of your work prevents you from going to your polling place (this includes students)
  • Incarcerated (Not for a felony)
  • Religion: The tenets or teaching of your religion prevent you from going to your polling place
  • Vacation: You are on vacation on Election Day

 

Do you need to submit ID with your ballot?

No, but if you registered to vote by mail and are voting by absentee ballot in your first federal election, you must enclose a copy of your photo ID or document bearing your name and residence address in the envelope with your voted ballot.

last update: March 18, 2020

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