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Recent and Upcoming Election Dates And Deadlines

This page contains dates and deadlines information on elections occurring in Delaware.

Election dates and deadlines vary by locality. Please be advised that these dates are updated regularly but are subject to scheduling changes at the local level.

Please contact your local election office for more detailed information about the laws concerning election dates,poll hours,poll locations, voter id requirements,absentee voting, voter registration, name or address changes that would apply in your case.

2017 Election Dates & Deadlines

2017 November 7 Municipal General Election -- Date: November 7,2017

Deadlines
October 10, 2017 :Last day to REGISTER before the November election
October 31, 2017 :Last day to apply for a civilian absentee ballot
November 3, 2017 :Last day for County Boards of Elections to receive voted civilianabsentee ballots.

2018 Election Dates & Deadlines

2018 May 8 School Board Elections -- Date: May 8,2018

Deadlines
March 2, 2018 :DEADLINE for School Board candidates to file.
May 4, 2018 :Last day the Department of Elections\' Offices must mail absentee ballots for School Board Elections.
May 8, 2018 :DEADLINE for voters to return voted School Board absenteeballots to the Department of Elections Office that issued them.

2018 September 6 Primary Election -- Date: September 6,2018

Deadlines
August 11, 2018 :DEADLINE for unregistered citizens to register to vote before the Primary Election.
August 20, 2018 :DEADLINE for unregistered uniformed service members and citizens living outside the U.S. to register to vote before the Primary Election.
September 4, 2018 :Last day the Department of Elections\' Offices must mail Primary Election absentee ballots.
September 6, 2018 :DEADLINE for voters to return voted absentee ballots for thePrimary Election to the Department of Elections\' Office that issued them.

2018 November 6 General Election -- Date: November 6,2018

Deadlines
October 13, 2018 :DEADLINE for unregistered citizens to register to vote before the General Election.
October 22, 2018 :DEADLINE for uniformed services members and citizens living outside the U.S. to register to vote before the General Election.
November 2, 2018 :Last day the Department of Elections\' Offices must mail absentee ballots for the General Election.
November 6, 2018 :DEADLINE for voters to return voted absentee ballots for theGeneral Election to the Department of Elections\' Office that issued them.

2020 Election Dates & Deadlines

2020 November 3 General Election -- Date: November 3,2020

Deadlines

Good To Know

Note

Laws, rules, and procedures in State and local elections may differ depending on the type of election.

General Elections

General elections have the most offices and issues on the ballot and usually generate more interest and higher turnout than any other elections. Most offices on the general election ballot are partisan.

Primary and Caucus

Primary elections are one means by which a political party nominates candidates for the next general election. The main difference between a caucus and a primary is that a caucus involves face-to-face interaction between voters, where voters can try to persuade one another to vote for (or against) a certain candidate.

Municipal Elections

In municipal elections, registered voters elect members of their local government, such as mayors, council people, township supervisors and district judges.

School Elections

School elections are held to elect school board members and community college directors

Special Elections

A special election is held when someone who is already in office can no longer serve and must be replaced. All registered voters in the district can vote in a special election.

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