2021 City Election Information - Updated March 26, 2021
Due to there being no contested races, the 2021 Newark City Council election has been cancelled.
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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.
A form of identification will be required of all voters. For absentee ballots, please contact the City Secretary's Office at (302) 366-7000.
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 8, 2021.
The following candidates have filed for the office of District 1 Council member for a two-year term:
- James Horning
- Sharon Hughes
- Brenden Moore - Withdrawn as of March 26, 2021
- Dwendolyn Creecy
In accordance with Section 10-19, as only one candidate has filed in each district, James Horning, Sharon Hughes and Dwendolyn Creecy will be declared the winners in Districts 1, 2 and 4 respectively by the Election Board and sworn in to office at the April 22, 2021 Council organization meeting.
News stories on the April 13, 2021 election:
News stories on the April 13, 2021 election:
- UD sophomore challenging District 2 incumbent Hughes in Newark council election - Newark Post, February 10, 2021
- Newark candidate forum cancelled due to lack of participation - Newark Post, March 10, 2021
- In her own words: Sharon Hughes - Newark Post, March 25, 2021 (Brenden Moore did not submit responses per Newark Post)
- Newark cancels election after challenger drops out; Hughes will retain seat for a second term - Newark Post, March 26, 2021
*** To vote in the April 13, 2021 election, you must have registered by Monday, March 22, 2021. ***
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.
Request an Absentee Ballot
The City strongly encourages City residents to vote via absentee ballot for the April 13, 2021 Council elections due to the COVID-19 State of Emergency. Absentee ballot affidavits and a cover letter detailing instructions were mailed to every registered voter in District 2 on February 12, 2021. If you did not receive an affidavit, please contact the City Secretary's Office at 302-366-7000 or firstname.lastname@example.org to request an absentee affidavit. It is strongly advised to submit completed affidavits by Thursday, April 1, 2021 to ensure the absentee ballot packet can be returned by Election Day. The final deadline for returning completed affidavits is Friday, April 9, 2021. All completed absentee ballots must be returned to the City Secretary’s Office no later than 8:00 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 email@example.com.
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.
January 26, 2021, 5:30 p.m. - Election Board organizational meeting.
February 8, 2021, 5:00 p.m. - Filing deadline for candidates for Council Members in Districts 1, 2 and 4.
March 22, 2021 - Deadline to register to vote in the April 13, 2021 city election.
April 13, 2021, 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. - Election Day - Cancelled
April 13, 2021, 2:00 p.m. - Election Board to begin processing absentee ballots; Ballots will not be counted at this meeting - Cancelled
April 13, 2021, 5:00 p.m. - Absentee judges begin counting absentee ballots - Cancelled
April 15, 2021, 5:00 p.m. - Election Board certification meeting
April 22, 2021, 6:00 p.m. - Organizational meeting for the swearing in of new Council members