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High percentage of Delawareans voting by mail have sent in their ballots

Sophia Schmidt
Delaware Public Media

One week away from the election, nearly 18 percent of registered voters in Delaware have already returned their ballots. Under U.S. Postal Service guidance, those still looking to vote by mail should utilize drop boxes.

More than 180,000 Delawareans have requested mail-in or absentee ballots, according to the Delaware Department of Elections. Nearly 67 percent, or more than 129,000 voters, have returned them. That’s just about 50,000 votes shy of the total turnout in last month’s primary. 

The U.S. Postal Service recommends voters mail ballots back to election officials at least a week before the deadline. 

In Delaware, ballots must be back to election officials by the close of polls Tuesday to be counted. 

Voters can also return mail-in and absentee ballots at a secure ballot drop box in their county. The exact drop box locations and hours of operation are listed on the Department of Elections’ website.

Friday is the last day for the Department to mail ballots to voters. Absentee ballots can be issued until noon on Nov. 2. 

All polling places will be open Tuesday, Nov. 3.


This story has been updated.

Sophia Schmidt is a Delaware native. She comes to Delaware Public Media from NPR’s Weekend Edition in Washington, DC, where she produced arts, politics, science and culture interviews. She previously wrote about education and environment for The Berkshire Eagle in Pittsfield, MA. She graduated from Williams College, where she studied environmental policy and biology, and covered environmental events and local renewable energy for the college paper.
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