House Bill 146 is a bipartisan bill that will seek to make voter registration in municipal elections easier, thus hopefully increasing turnout in these historically very low turnout elections.
Currently, of the 57 municipalities in this State, only 12 have an agreement with the Department of Elections to use the State’s Voter Registration System to determine if a resident of the municipality is eligible to vote in a municipal election. These municipalities are Camden, Delaware City, Dover, Elsmere, Georgetown, Harrington, New Castle, Newark, Smyrna, Townsend, Wilmington, and Wyoming.
The residents of the 45 other municipalities are required to register with the municipality before voting in a municipal election. While some municipalities are exploring ending municipal voter registration requirements, House Bill 146 will do that for all.
A municipality would continue to be required to maintain municipal voter registration requirements for nonresident voters, as those voters would not be included in the State’s Voter Registration System. This Act also makes technical corrections to conform existing law to the standards of the Delaware Legislative Drafting Manual.
|House Bill 185 Sponsors||Yes Votes||No Votes|
|Shupe, Bentz, K.Johnson, Osienski|
|Lockman, Hansen, Paradee, Sokola|
|Current Status — House Administration 4/15/21|