Delaware Governor

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Next Election

Nov 03, 2020

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Jan 01, 2020 - Jul 15, 2020


The Governor of the State of Delaware is an elected constitutional officer, the head of the executive branch and the highest state office in Delaware. The governor is popularly elected every four years by a plurality and is limited to two terms.The Governor of Delaware is head of the state's military forces, unless said forces have already been called into service by the federal government. They make, with state senate confirmation, all appointments mandated by the Constitution and also fills all vacancies that do not have an alternate method for filling vacancies prescribed by law. Excepting the lieutenant governor and members of the state legislature, the governor may remove any other elected officer for any cause, provide they secure a two-thirds vote in each chamber of the Assembly. Periodically, in accordance with the State Constitution, the Governor must address the Assembly, detailing the state of Delaware and making recommendations.The Governor also has veto over all bills, including appropriations, subject to a three-fifths majority override in both legislative houses. Other duties and privileges of the office include: Making and signing all commissions granted by the state of Delaware,Requiring written reports from any member of the Executive on any aspects of the particular officer's job, Convening extraordinary sessions of the General Assembly by proclamation, adjourning the Assembly when that body cannot agree on an adjourning date, and convening the Senate for executive business, Seeing to the faithful execution of all laws, and State budget. The salary for this position is $171,000/year.

Application Guidelines
1) Contact the State of Delaware Department of Elections to confirm that your registered address qualifies you for the position you intend to run for, and that you meet other office specific qualifications. 2) Obtain and complete the candidate forms including Campaign Finance Reporting Forms. If you plan to run as an unaffiliated candidate, you must also circulate a petition to appear on the ballot. If you plan to run as a party candidate please contact your local party headquarters for more information. Party candidate forms and deadlines differ from some unaffiliated candidate forms and deadlines. 3) Collect the stipulated number of signatures between January 1st and July 15th and submit the completed petitions to the State of Delaware Department of Elections. If you have any questions please contact the State of Delaware Department of Elections by phone at 302 739-4277 or visit their website at: The 2016 Delaware Election Calendar can be found here: