Earlier this year, some misguided legislators introduced a bill that would allow certain artificial entities, like LLCs and Corporations, to vote in Seaford’s muncipal elections. They literally took Mitt Romney’s “Corporations are people, my friend” gaffe to its logical conclusion.
Fortunately, that bill has gone nowhere since it was released from committee, and House Bill 189 aims to void that bill and all others like it forever. The bill makes clear that corporations and other artificial entities may not be given a vote in municipal elections.
Section 1 of this Act prohibits a municipality from giving corporations and other artificial entities the right to vote within the municipality’s charter.
Section 2 amends the language that prohibits municipalities from amending charters that permit nonresident persons to vote to take away such rights applies only to the rights of nonresident natural persons, not to corporations or other artificial entities.
|HOUSE BILL 189 – CORPORATIONS MAY NOT VOTE IN MUNCIPAL ELECTIONS||Currrent Status – House Administration 6/2/23|
|House Sponsors – Dorsey Walker, Lambert, Wilson-Anton, Morrison||Senate Sponsors – Pinkney, Hoffner|
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|House No Votes –||Senate No Votes –|
|House Absents or Not Voting –||Senate Absent or Not Voting –|