2022 City Election Information - Updated January 12, 2022

site_thumb.pngThe 2022 City Election for Mayor and Councilmembers for Districts 3, 5 and 6 will be held on Tuesday, April 12, 2022. Polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Polling Locations


Polling places will be published after they are approved by Council at the February 14, 2022 Council meeting. The polling place application will be updated after approval of the polling places by Council.
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

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 residing in the city by Monday, February 7, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. 
In order to run for Council Member in Districts 3, 5 or 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 Monday, February 7, 2022 at 5:00 p.m.

Filed Candidates


The following candidates have filed for the office of Mayor for a term to end in April 2025: 
  • A. Stuart Markham, Jr., 4 Beagle Club Way, stu.markham@gmail.com
The following candidates have filed for the office of District 3 Council member for a term to end in April 2024: None

The following candidates have filed for the office of District 5 Council member for a term to end in April 2024: None

The following candidates have filed for the office of District 6 Council member for a term to end in April 2024: None

Voter Registration

 
*** To vote in the April 12, 2022 City election, you must have registered by Monday, March 21, 2022. ***

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 City of Newark is eligible to vote for Mayor. Additionally, those who are at least 18 years old and are registered to vote with the State of Delaware at a residence within Districts 3, 5 or 6 are eligible to vote for their respective district's Councilmember. 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 2022 City election due to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency. Absentee ballot affidavits and a cover letter detailing instructions will be mailed to every registered voter in districts that have races after the filing deadline. If you do not receive an affidavit by Tuesday, March 1, please contact the City Secretary's Office at 302-366-7000 or citysecretary@newark.de.us to request an absentee affidavit. To guarantee receipt of the absentee ballot package in time for the special election, it is strongly recommended to submit your completed absentee affidavit by Friday, April 1. The final deadline for submitting a completed affidavit for an absentee ballot to be mailed is Friday, April 8. 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 and personal protective equipment (PPE) 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 31, 2022, 5:30 p.m. - Election Board meeting.

February 7, 2022, 5:00 p.m. - Filing deadline for candidates for Council Members in District 2.

March 21, 2022 - Deadline to register to vote in the District 2 special election.

April 12, 2022, 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. - Election Day

April 12, 2022, 2:00 p.m. - Election Board to begin processing absentee ballots; Ballots will not be counted at this time

April 12, 2022, 5:00 p.m. - Absentee judges begin counting absentee ballots

April 14, 2022, 5:00 p.m. - Election Board certification meeting

April 21, 2022, 6:00 p.m. - Swearing in of new Council member