Registered voters will be able to cast their vote at their single designated polling place on Election Day—Tuesday, November 3, between the hours of 7 a.m. and 8 p.m.
Please note that most long-standing polling places in Delaware County will be open and operational, despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. However, some polling places have been moved due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and other factors. Please be sure to double-check the location of your polling place before you head out to vote. As a reminder, to vote in-person on Election Day you must go to your designated polling location.
All Delaware County voters will vote using paper ballots. Most voters will hand-mark their ballots, while some voters—including disabled voters who do not have the ability to cast a hand-marked paper ballot—will use the Hart Verity Touch Writer to mark their ballot. All voters will cast their ballot by feeding it into the Hart Verity Scanner, which will record the vote and signal the voter that the ballot has been cast.
Once the scanner records your vote, it will deposit the paper ballot in the ballot box. Each precinct election board will be able to report its unofficial vote counts from the scanners at the end of the night, using the same process that was followed with the Danaher voting machines that were used through 2019. The paper ballots will be returned with the scanner drives to the County Election Office. The benefit of the new Hart system is that the paper ballots will backstop the scanner counts if an audit or recount is necessary.
If you have any questions at the polling place on election day, poll workers are there to help you. Poll workers are trained to maintain the secrecy of your ballot.
Review the material below for help preparing for your trip to the polls. Jump to our Voting Instructions page for details about paper ballots and the Verity Scanner and Verity Touch Writer.
Before you can vote, be sure that you are registered to vote. Visit our Voter Registration page for details. The deadline to register is October 19, 2020.
Even if you believe you are registered, double-check. Use the online Voter Registration Status Check.
Determine your polling place. Your single designated polling place may have been moved due to COVID-19 or other variables. Please be sure to double-check before you head to the polls. As a reminder, to vote in-person on election day you must go to your designated polling location.
Review a Sample Ballot for your precinct (optional).
(For first-time voters in a given precinct only) Make sure you have your valid form of ID.
Locate a face covering/mask. Delaware County voters are asked to wear a face covering/mask when voting at their polling place. If you do not have a face covering/mask, one may be provided to you by the polling place's Judge of Elections.
Polls are open on Tuesday, November 3, from 7 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Please note that if your if you are in line when the polls close, you are entitled to vote.
As you approach the polling place, we ask that please wear a face covering/mask, observe physical distancing (polls will ask voters to stand at least 6’ apart from each other) and to be cognizant of others.
Have your Valid Form of ID ready (first-time voters in a given precinct only).
Review your Sample Ballot.
When it’s your turn to vote, provide your name to the poll workers (and if you are a first-time voter, your ID).
If you forget your ID, or don’t have one:
If you are a first-time voter at your precinct and do not have a valid form of ID at the polling place on Election Day, you will be offered a provisional ballot. Otherwise you can vote without ID.
Sign the poll book as directed.
If your name is not listed in the poll book:
The local officials at your polling place will call the Delaware County Board of Elections to determine if you are registered. If you are, you will be able to vote. However, if the county cannot find your name, but you believe you are registered and have been mistakenly omitted from the poll book, you may vote a provisional ballot.
What is a provisional ballot?
Sometimes the Bureau of Elections needs more time to determine a voter's eligibility to vote. We may ask that voter to vote with a provisional ballot. A provisional ballot records your vote, while the Elections office determines whether it can be counted.
To check the status of a provisional ballot, use the State’s Provisional Ballot Search tool.
Pick up your “I VOTED!” sticker
Go home and check our “Election Results” page.
Breathe deep, and sigh, “Ahh, democracy!”