Same day registration, early voting, no excuse absentee voting, moving primaries to the same day as presidential primaries, and making it easier to get registered at the DMV are all great ideas that have already had champions (and still have champions) in the GA. This is a great time for Democrats to show their commitment to free and fair elections by making the process more friendly to Delaware voters.
I would add that we should revisit the prospect of putting redistricting in the hands of an Independent Commission (no sitting politicians able to pick their voters) and in merging school board elections to the regular General election date. And — I would add making a change to the Charter of the City of Wilmington to allow for special elections to replace elected City officials who leave mid-term. Right now, we have a process that is being manipulated for reasons that have very little to do with making sure a Council District is adequately represented. And while there’s been a request to the GA to make this change, the response back was that Special Elections cost too much.
Think about that for a second — Special Elections cost too much. Even though NCCo members would be replaced by a Special Election, apparently when it comes to Wilmington any effort to reduce our access to democratic institutions is too expensive. Elections are the cost of doing business for a government and Delaware should be ready to conduct Special Elections on the rare times they are needed. It is a sign of the extent of the manipulation going on in Wilmington that NO ONE is paying attention to the fact that we are the only major subdivision (I think) without an ability to call for a Special Election. And I can’t figure out why the State would not support this. And I can’t figure out why Wilmington is not on fire knowing that it is excluded from this process.
But I do think that all of Delaware’s subdivisions should have access to a real Special Election to replace legislators that are no longer in their positions and we should figure out the cost. We can’t be in the business of making it easier for voters to participate and then tell some voters that it is too expensive for them to vote.
Voting is important and removing the unnecessary barriers to voting is a crucial activity. Free and fair elections is how people maintain some level of confidence in their government. I’m hoping to be celebrating the signing of bills that open up voting but am also hoping that the State will make sure that Wilmington is fairly treated and gets the ability to call Special Elections.