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What to know before Tuesday’s primary election

Charlie Megginson Headlines, Government

Just one statewide incumbent and eight sitting members of the Delaware General Assembly will have a primary opponent when the polls open Tuesday. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. Incumbent Auditor of Accounts Kathy McGuiness will face off against attorney and accountant Lydia York.  Eight incumbent members of the General Assembly have primary opponents, including Sen. …

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Early voting underway in Delaware’s primary election

Charlie Megginson Government, Headlines

Even though Delaware’s primary election isn’t until Sept. 13, about 773 Delawareans have already cast their vote at one of the state’s 13 early voting locations. The 2022 primary is the first full-scale election to allow early voting. The state allowed early voting once before during the 4th Representative District special election in March. House Bill 38, which authorized the …

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How to vote in Delaware’s upcoming elections

Charlie Megginson Government, Headlines

Delaware voters have several options to cast their ballots in the upcoming primary and general elections thanks to two new laws passed during the General Assembly’s most recent legislative session. Senate Bill 320 created an opt-in vote-by-mail system wherein voters have to request a ballot before one is sent. Under the law, ballots and ballot applications will never be automatically …

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Delaware governor signs vote by mail, same-day registration

Charlie Megginson Government, Headlines

In a private ceremony Friday, Gov. John Carney signed two Democrat-backed bills to allow voters to request mail-in ballots and register to vote on election day.  In response, Delaware Republican Party chairwoman Jane Brady said she’d be holding a press conference Friday afternoon to announce a legal challenge aimed at stopping the laws from taking effect. “When [the bill] first …

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Bill to bypass Constitution, create vote-by-mail system passes committee

Charlie Megginson Government, Headlines

A bill to bypass the need to amend Delaware’s Constitution and cement no-excuse absentee ballots in future elections was released from a House Committee Wednesday despite objections from Republicans.  Senate Bill 320, sponsored by Sen. Kyle Evans Gay, D-Ardens, has already passed in the Senate.  If passed, the bill creates an opt-in vote-by-mail system wherein voters will have to request …

21 Delaware towns cancel elections after seats go unopposed

Charlie Megginson Government, Headlines

If you harbored any fears that the elections of 2022 would be a raging repeat, on a local level, of the chaos of 2020, you’d be wrong. So far, 21 of Delaware’s 57 cities and towns have canceled elections because each candidate was unopposed. That includes Newark. When candidates run unopposed, so long as they meet all of the qualifications, …

Voter registration bill clears Senate committee

Charlie Megginson Government, Headlines

A bill to require Delaware cities and towns to use the state’s voter registration system for local elections overcame its first legislative hurdle Wednesday.  Under Senate Bill 233, sponsored by Sen. Tizzy Lockman, D-Wilmington, voters who live within town limits could vote in their municipal elections without having to register separately with both the state and the city.  The bill …