2020 City Election Information - Updated January 21, 2020

Polling Locations

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The city election for Council Districts 3, 5 and 6 is to be held on Tuesday, April 14, 2020. Polls open at 7:00 a.m. and close at 8:00 p.m. The polling places for the election will be posted after they are approved by Council in February 2020.
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 2020 city election after the polling places are approved by Council in February 2020.

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.

Filed Candidates



The following candidates have filed for the office of District 3 Council member for a two-year term: None

The following candidates have filed for the office of District 5 Council member for a two-year term: None

The following candidates have filed for the office of District 6 Council member for a two-year term: 
  • Gordon Hendry
  • Travis McDermott

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


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 will be available after the February 10, 2020 filing deadline. 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 $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 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.

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

April 14, 2020 - 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 16, 2019 - Election Board meeting at 5:00 p.m. to certify election results.

April 23, 2019 - Organizational meeting at 6:00 p.m. to swear in newly elected members of Council.