Here is a rare bipartisan sponsored bill, with Senator Tizzy Lockman sponsoring from the Senate and Representative Bryan Shupe sponsoring from the House. Senate Bill 233 will reform voter registration in muncipal elections by eliminating some muncipalities’ requirement that the eligible voter register to vote separately with the muncipality even if they are already registered to vote with the state.
Delaware has 57 municipalities that conduct their own elections, and 40 of them have their own voter registration process separate from the state registration system. This practice can lead many eligible voters in these muncipalities to be disenfranchised if they think that registering to vote with the state is sufficient to participate in all state and local elections. Indeed, it would be common sense for the voter to think that since since state registration is sufficient for voting in school board elections.
Senate Bill 233 would affect only eligible voters who are residents of the muncipalties. It does not affect local provisions that allow business or property owners who are not residents of the muncipalities to participate in the local election. To the extent that a muncipality has a registration provision that allows voting by local business or property owners, those provisions remain intact.
|Senate Bill 233 Sponsors||Yes Votes||No Votes|
|Lockman, McBride, Pinkney|
|Shupe, Bentz, Baumbach, K.Johnson, Minor-Brown, Morrison, Wilson-Anton|
|Current Status: Out of Committee 3/17/22|
Senator Lockman: “I think fundamentally this bill is about access to the vote for all Delawareans.”
Representative Shupe: “This commitment from Sen. Lockman, a Democrat, and me a Republican show that there are issues like voting rights that go beyond partisan politics. Our hope is that by passing both House and Senate committees, this issue cannot be ignored any longer.”