2019 City Election Information - Updated February 26, 2019

Polling Locations

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The city election for Mayor and Council Districts 1 and 2 is to be held on Tuesday, April 9, 2019. Polls open at 7:00 a.m. and close at 8:00 p.m. The polling places for the election are as follows:
  • District 1 - Wesleyan Church of Newark, 708 West Church Road
  • District 2 - Aetna Fire Station #8, 410 Ogletown Road
  • District 3 - Aetna Fire Station #7, 7 Thorn Lane
  • District 4 - First Church of Christ, Scientist, 48 West Park Place
  • District 5 - First Presbyterian Church, Memorial Hall, 292 West Main Street
  • District 6 - First Church of the Nazarene, 357 Paper Mill Road
Need help identifying your district? View the Election Polling Places application here!
The City of Newark Election Polling Places application helps citizens locate their election polling place and obtain information about current elected officials. To locate a polling place, simply click on the map or enter an address in the search box. The polling place and respective voting precinct will then be highlighted on the map and information about the polling place will appear in a pop-up box on the page. For an instructional video on how to operate the polling place application, click here. The Polling Place application will be updated for the 2019 city election after the polling places are approved by Council in February 2019.

A form of identification will be required of all voters. For absentee ballots, please contact the City Secretary's Office at (302) 366-7000.

Candidate Qualifications


In order to run for Mayor, candidates must meet the following requirements:
  • You must have resided in the city for at least one year preceding the election.
  • You must be a qualified voter of the city.
  • You must not have been convicted of a felony for a period of 15 years preceding the election as that crime is designated by the State of Delaware.
  • You must file a nominating petition with the City Secretary's office with a minimum of 10 signatures of qualified voters of the City of Newark by 5:00 p.m. on February 4, 2019.
In order to run for Council Member in Districts 1, 2 and 4, candidates must meet the following requirements:
  • You must have resided in the city for at least one year preceding the election.
  • You must be a qualified voter of the city in the Council district you wish to represent.
  • You must not have been convicted of a felony for a period of 15 years preceding the election as that crime is designated by the State of Delaware.
  • You must file a nominating petition with the City Secretary's office with a minimum of 10 signatures of qualified voters residing in the district which the candidate is seeking election by 5:00 p.m. on February 4, 2019.
The filing deadline for the April 9, 2019 City election has passed and the filed candidates are listed below.

Filed Candidates


The following candidates have filed for the office of Mayor for a three-year term: 
  • Catherine Ciferni
  • George J. (Jerry) Clifton
  • Nicholas Samuel Fader - Withdrawn as of February 7, 2019
  • Brandon Joseph Farzad
  • Kasai Guthrie
The following candidates have filed for the office of District 1 Council member for a two-year term: 
  • James Joseph Horning, Jr.
  • Mark Morehead
The following candidates have filed for the office of District 2 Council member for a two-year term: 
  • Sharon Hughes
  • Maria Ruckle
The following candidates have filed for the office of District 4 Council member for a two-year term: 
  • Christopher J. Hamilton
Per Newark City Code Section 10-19, since there is only one candidate in Council District 4, Mr. Hamilton will be declared the winner by the Election Board and sworn in for a new term at the April 18, 2019 Council organizational meeting.

Voter Registration


*** To vote in the April 9, 2019 election, you must be registered by Monday, March 18, 2019. ***


Requirements to Vote


  • You must be at least 18 years old by Election Day.
  • You must be a U.S. citizen.
  • You must have established residency in the city for at least 24 days prior to the election.
Any individual who is at least 18 years old and is registered to vote with the State of Delaware at a residence within the corporate limits of the City of Newark is eligible to vote. If you are unsure if you are registered, please call the City Secretary’s office at (302) 366-7000 and a staff member can look up your registration. You may register to vote through the State Department of Elections here.

Request an Absentee Ballot


You can request to have an absentee ballot be sent to your home. To request an absentee ballot for city elections, fill out this form and send to the City Secretary's Office at:

City of Newark
City Secretary's Office
220 South Main Street
Newark, DE 19711

You may stop by the office between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, where you may vote in person.

Absentee ballots are now available. All absentee ballots must be returned to the City Secretary’s Office no later than 5:00 p.m. the day of the election.

Working at the Polls


The City of Newark is looking for 50 City residents who would like to work at the polling places. Workers must be available from 6:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the day of the election as well as for a training scheduled from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 14. Payment ranges from $140 to $175 for workers depending on the role to which they are assigned. Lunch is also provided.

For more information, please contact the City Secretary's Office at 302-366-7000 or citysecretary@newark.de.us.

More Information


If you have specific questions about city elections, you may call the City Secretary's Office at (302) 366-7000. For further information, you may call the New Castle County Department of Elections at (302) 577-3464.

Election Calendar


January 22, 2019 - Election Board organizational meeting at 5:30 p.m.

February 4, 2019, 5:00 p.m. - Filing deadline for candidates for Mayor and Council Members in Districts 1, 2 and 4.

March 18, 2019 - Deadline to register to vote in the April 9, 2019 city election.

April 9, 2019 - Election Day; Polls open 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Deadline to submit absentee ballots to the City Secretary's Office at 5:00 p.m.

April 11, 2019 - Election Board meeting at 5:00 p.m. to certify election results.

April 18, 2019 - Organizational meeting at 6:00 p.m. to swear in newly elected Mayor and members of Council.