Just how fair is the Department of Elections at registering people to the “Independent Party of Delaware,” instead of making them unaffiliated independents?Guest Post: Claude Hodges
I lived in Kenton for over forty years and twenty years ago I was sergeant- at -arms during five years when Terry Spence was Republican Speaker of the House in Dover.
After more than 60 years as a registered Republican, I finally gave up on the Delaware Republican Party, and decided to change my political party registration.
The Independent Party of Delaware was my selection since it has become obvious to me the two major parties have failed to properly govern the First State.
When I visited the New Castle County Election office, I specifically told them Independent Party of Delaware. Lo and behold, when I received a postcard in the mail confirming my change of party registration, I was improperly registered as “unaffiliated”.
I called Don Ayotte, the new Chairman of the Independent Party of Delaware to complain. Mr. Ayotte informed me it is a frequent occurrence at all three county Election Boards. So to those of you who are as fed up as I am with the Democrats and the Republicans, beware.
Once in office, there’s not a dime’s worth of difference between the Democrats and the Republicans.
Our Delaware government has no problem using whatever means possible, legal or illegal, to stop you from your exercising your constitutional right to register with the Independent Party of Delaware.
Commentary from Don Ayotte, State Chairman of The Independent Party of Delaware
In my capacity as Chairman of the Independent Party of Delaware (IPoD) I’ve dealt with the Dept. of Election on many occasions and have a good relationship with their organization. I have encountered the same problem that Mr. Hodges characterizes in his letter, both on the field as a candidate, and in my capacity as chairman of the Party.
I am known for going door-to-door while on the campaign field and have encountered many Independents while campaigning who said they were Independents and proudly showed me their card with the “I” printed on it. When I told them that in Delaware the “I” meant they were unaffiliated and had no party designation, they replied that they had told the election official that they wanted to be registered for “The Independent Party of Delaware.”
I get calls weekly about this deception scheme on the part of the Delaware Dept. of Elections, and I walk these people through registering with our party. The Independent Party of Delaware was given the designation of “W,” while the unaffiliated independents were given the designation of “I”. This is an ingenious deception on the part of the Dept. of Elections and State of Delaware.
As of January 28th, 2016, there were 659,381 registered voters in Delaware. 154,751 are registered as “unaffiliated independents” and 4027 are registered with the Independent Party of Delaware. If you want to register with our party, you must tell the Dept. of Elections by phone, or go in personally and tell them that you want to be registered with the “Independent Party of Delaware,” and the designation is “W”.
What I believe is a blatant case of discrimination, is the fact that Democrats have the designation of “D”, Republicans have the designation of “R”, Green Party “G” and the Libertarian Party a “L.” Why then, would the unaffiliated independents have the designation of “I” when they are not a party and the Independent Party of Delaware is a legitimate party and the third largest party in Delaware?