Mail-in School District Election Balloting Proposed in Delaware

Mail in balloting may soon come to a school district referendum near you if Delaware State Senator, Karen Peterson and the sponsored of SB 165 succeed in getting the bill enacted.

Senate Bill 165, titled “An Act to Amend the Delaware Code Relating to Public School Elections” sets the date of public school board elections as the second Tuesday of May and enable duly registered voters to mail in their ballots in advance. Traditional polling places will be eliminated and all school board elections shall be conducted by the Delaware Department of Elections through its county offices under Title 15 of the Delaware Code. All expenses of said elections (except return postage) shall be borne by the State of Delaware, by and through the Department of Elections.

The provisions of the proposed legislation are applicable to all local elections and referenda currently conducted by public school districts or the State Board of Education including: school board elections and referenda, questions of approval of real estate tax increases, capital improvements, special projects, bond issues; questions of consolidation, division or reorganization of school districts, etc. Elections in cases in which a school board candidate runs unopposed will not be held, however the sole candidate shall be duly certified by the Department of Elections and allots will not be tallied for candidates who withdraw.

The bill is co-sponsored by:

State Senators. Brian Bushweller (D-Dover) and Margaret Rose Henry (D-Wilmington); and State Representatives. Stephanie Bolden (D-Wilmington), Deborah Hudson (R-Fairthorne) and Rep. Michael Ramone (R-Middle Run Valley).

The entire text of SB 160 is available on-line at :

Further details are also available in the 10/2/2015 Coastal Point in an in-depth article by Laura Walter.″

7 thoughts on “Mail-in School District Election Balloting Proposed in Delaware”

  1. It would be very interesting if a similar bill would be introduced for sewer district elections.

  2. Poll tax anyone?

    If traditional voting is out and everyone has to pay for postage in order to vote than I think this is a bigger burden on voters than needing a photo ID. If this passes then you must pay to vote and the post office gets to establish the poll tax, with approval by the federal govt.

    “(a) The Department shall conduct all public school elections by United States mail. The Department shall pay all costs associated with conducting public school elections and shall provide all supplies, except for postage for the return of ballots cast in a public school election. “

  3. A postage stamp really cannot be considered as a poll tax as the latter is a separate charge for voting imposed directly on individuals by the state as opposed to the cost of returning a mail-in ballot that goes to the USPS.

    Also, the law allows direct hand delivery of a ballot to the appropriate county office of the Delaware Department of Elections.

  4. Robbing a liquor store is easier than robbing a bank, but thieves do both.

    As I have said, when our friends in Boca Raton, Florida, went to vote in 2000, the Baurs, they found that someone had already voted for them by applying for absentee ballots in their name, and then intercepting the absentee ballots. The Baurs had their votes stolen, and were not able to vote. The Democrats tried to steal the 2000 election for Al Gore, and almost succeeded.

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