TITLE 15

Elections

Registration of Voters

CHAPTER 20. REGISTRATION OFFICERS AND MOBILE REGISTRATION; REGISTRATION BY MAIL

Subchapter IV. Registration by Mail


(a) Every qualified elector who is a resident of this State and who is not registered may, as an alternative to other methods of registration, apply to the Department by mail, telephone or in person, for registration forms. Within 3 days, the Department shall mail the required forms and a set of instructions to the applicant.

(b) If a person applies for registration by mail for someone other than himself or herself, that person shall give the name and address of such person and shall sign an appropriate form declaring that the person is requesting such registration forms be mailed to the applicant.

(c) The Department shall perform the same duties in regard to these registration forms as it is required to do with other applications for voter registration.

(d) The Department shall accept any voter registration application, application for an absentee ballot, or any federal write-in absentee ballot promulgated in accordance with federal law as an application to register to vote. The Department shall process these applications as it would any other application submitted in accordance with this title.

60 Del. Laws, c. 392, § 2; 67 Del. Laws, c. 354, § 18; 70 Del. Laws, c. 186, § 1; 70 Del. Laws, c. 188, §§ 15, 16; 74 Del. Laws, c. 411, § 15; 75 Del. Laws, c. 232, §§ 24, 25; 79 Del. Laws, c. 275, § 35.;

(a) Upon receipt, all mail registration forms shall be date-stamped by the department.

(b) A verification inquiry shall be conducted where:

(1) The applicant has neglected to sign the form;

(2) Information given on the form is incomplete;

(3) Information appears unclear or inconsistent; or

(4) The application appears to be a duplicate.

(c) If the information on the mail registration form appears to be a transfer of address, change of name by marriage or otherwise, or party affiliation change, the change shall be made by the department and the applicant shall be notified such change was made.

(d) [Repealed.]

60 Del. Laws, c. 392, § 2; 67 Del. Laws, c. 354, § 18; 74 Del. Laws, c. 411, § 16; 77 Del. Laws, c. 227, § 26.;

(a) A person who registers to vote by mail on or after January 1, 2003, shall submit with that person's application a copy of a current and valid photo identification or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that shows the name and address of the voter. Should the person not include a copy of the required identification with the voter registration application, the voter shall provide a valid photo identification or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that shows the name and address of the voter prior to voting for the first time at a polling place in the State. If the person fails to show required identification at the polling place, that person shall be permitted to vote by provisional ballot. The poll lists and signature cards for each polling place shall identify those persons who must show proper identification before being permitted to vote.

(b) A registrant may satisfy the requirement to submit identification by subsequently submitting a voter registration application through a source not subject to the provisions of this section (e.g. through the Division of Motor Vehicles).

(c) A person who votes by absentee ballot and who registered to vote for the first time by mail and did not submit a copy of any of the required identification documents shall submit a copy of one or more of the documents listed in subsection (a) of this section showing the person's name and address with the absentee ballot. The absentee ballot from a person who is required to submit identification, and who does not, shall not be counted.

(d) This section does not apply to persons listed in § 1901(a) of this title or to persons identified in subsection (a) of this section who submitted their driver's license number (includes State ID card number) or Social Security number that the Department is able to use to verify an existing state identification record bearing the same number, the name and date of birth as provided by the applicant.

74 Del. Laws, c. 168, § 4; 70 Del. Laws, c. 186, § 1; 75 Del. Laws, c. 232, § 26; 79 Del. Laws, c. 275, § 36.;

Repealed by 70 Del. Laws, c. 188, § 18, effective Oct. 1, 1995.;