Mail-in voting

Delaware judge halts mail-in voting

Charlie Megginson Government, Headlines

A Chancery Court judge has ruled Delaware’s new mail-in voting provision unconstitutional. In an 87-page memorandum opinion issued Wednesday afternoon, Vice Chancellor Nathan Cook said allowing mail-in voting in the Nov. 8 general election “will result in the dilution of constitutional votes with unconstitutional votes.” Cook issued an injunction that will prevent the Department of Elections from accepting applications for …

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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 …

Mail-in voting

Is mail-in voting unconstitutional? Chancery judge to decide

Charlie Megginson Government, Headlines

Delaware’s mail-in voting law was the subject of a four-hour-long hearing before the state’s Court of Chancery Wednesday. Vice Chancellor Nathan Cook will now decide whether the new law violates the state Constitution by allowing voters to cast their ballots from a place other than their designated polling location without having an allowed excuse under the Constitution’s absentee voting provision. …

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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 …

Vote by mail

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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Carney to sign mail-in voting bill Friday, GOP to sue

Charlie Megginson Government, Headlines

Gov. John Carney will sign a bill Friday to allow voters to send their ballots through the mail in all future elections, according to his communications director. The Republican Party of Delaware promised to respond swiftly in the form of a lawsuit. “When [the bill] first passed the General Assembly, we expressed concerns about its constitutionality,” said Jane Brady, chairwoman …

Vote by mail

Vote by mail bill heads to Delaware governor

Charlie Megginson Government, Headlines

Gov. John Carney has taken possession of a bill to allow Delawareans to vote by mail in all future elections. Carney has 10 days, excluding Sundays, to either sign or veto the bill. Senate Bill 320 creates an opt-in vote-by-mail system wherein voters will have to request a ballot before one is sent. Ballots and ballot applications will not be …

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General Assembly passes permanent mail-in voting

Charlie Megginson Headlines, Government

Delaware voters will be able to cast their ballots through the mail in all future elections thanks to a bill passed by the House of Representatives late Wednesday evening. All but one Democrat voted for Senate Bill 320, which many Republicans and their attorneys say violates the Constitution. Rep. Bill Bush, D-Cheswold, abstained from the vote after a debate that …

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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, …