2020 City Election Information - Updated April 3, 2020

The city election for Council Districts 3 and 5 has been postponed due the sixth modification of the State of Emergency declared by Governor John C. Carney, issued March 24, 2020. The full order can be found here. The election will be rescheduled after the State of Emergency is lifted.


Election Updates


  • District 6:  Per City Code and State Code, Mr. McDermott has already been elected since he was the only candidate as of the date the Governor ordered Newark's election to be halted.  However, he cannot be sworn in and assume office until the City’s election results are certified.  Per the Governor’s Order and Code, the term of Deputy Mayor Markham shall continue until the rescheduled election results are certified and the organizational meeting occurs.
  • District 3 and District 5:  At the time the Governor ordered the City’s election to be halted, nominations were closed, and there were 2 candidates in each district that had submitted valid nomination petitions.  When the State of Emergency is lifted, and the City can resume its election process, the nominations will remain closed with said 2 candidates in each district being on the ballot (which shall also include a space for any write-in candidates).   
  • Per the Governor’s Order and Code, Councilperson Wallace and Councilperson Lawhorn’s current terms shall continue until the scheduled election results are certified and the organizational meeting occurs.
  • In order to maintain compliance with the City Code for future elections, the terms of Mr. McDermott and the winning candidates in Districts 3 and 5 shall run from the date they are sworn in until the winners of the 2022 election are sworn in at the Council organizational meeting on Thursday, April 21, 2022.

Polling Locations

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Polls open at 7:00 a.m. and close at 8:00 p.m. The polling places for the election are as follows:

  • District 3 - Aetna Hose, Hook and Ladder Fire Station #7, 7 Thorn Lane
  • District 5 - First Presbyterian Church, Memorial Hall, 292 W. Main Street
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 has been updated.

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 Council Member in Districts 3, 5 and 6, 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 10, 2020.
The filing deadline for the April 14, 2020 Council election has now passed.

Filed Candidates



The following candidates have filed for the office of District 3 Council member for a two-year term: 
  • Jay Bancroft, 715 Art Lane, 661-369-6237, jsb95003@gmail.com
  • Anthony Sinibaldi, 810 Lehigh Road, 302-266-0818, zippo249@comcast.net
The following candidates have filed for the office of District 5 Council member for a two-year term: 
  • Brian K. Anderson, 309 Meriden Drive, 302-513-2958, bkadec5@gmail.com
  • Jason Lawhorn, 812 Hilltop Road, 302-388-8598, lawhornfornewark@gmail.com
The following candidates have filed for the office of District 6 Council member for a two-year term: 
  • Gordon Hendry - Withdrawn as of February 10, 2020
  • Travis McDermott, 315 Amoroso Way, 302-530-4016, travismcd8@gmail.com
Since Travis McDermott is unopposed, he will be declared elected by the Election Board per Section 10-19 of the City Code and he will assume the District 6 Council member position as of the April 23, 2020 Council organizational meeting.

Voter Registration

 
*** To vote in the April 14, 2020 election, you must be registered by Monday, March 23, 2020. ***

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


The City strongly encourages City residents to vote via absentee ballot for the April 14, 2020 Council elections due to the COVID-19 State of Emergency. Absentee ballot affidavits and a cover letter detailing instructions have been mailed to every registered voter in Districts 3 and 5. Please return the completed affidavit by Friday, April 3 in order to guarantee receipt of absentee ballots in time for Election Day. 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 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 to be scheduled in the week prior to the election. Payment ranges from $150 to $185 for workers depending on the role to which they are assigned plus an additional $50 for attending training prior to the election. 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 28, 2020, 5:30 p.m. - Election Board organizational meeting.

February 10, 2020, 5:00 p.m. - Filing deadline for candidates for Council Members in Districts 3, 5 and 6.

February 25, 2020, 5:30 p.m. - Election Board meeting

March 23, 2020 - Deadline to register to vote in the April 14, 2020 city election.

April 14, 2020 - Election Day POSTPONED

April 16, 2020 - Election Board POSTPONED

April 23, 2020 - Organizational meeting POSTPONED