Absentee ballots skyrocket ahead of Delaware presidential primary

Delaware polls opened at 7 a.m. and will close at 8 tonight. (Delaware State News/Andrew West)

DOVER — Tuesday’s presidential primary in Delaware will see an unprecedented number of absentee ballots submitted, likely a result of the state of emergency order by Gov. John Carney as new COVID-19 cases continue to rise. State Election Commissioner Anthony Albence said on Monday the state had received 53,000 absentee ballots, a very high count […]

Justices rule states can bind presidential electors’ votes

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday that states can require presidential electors to back their states’ popular vote winner in the Electoral College. The ruling, just under four months before the 2020 election, leaves in place laws in 32 states and the District of Columbia that bind electors to vote for the popular-vote […]

Commentary: COVID-19 mail-in voting can be done without large price tag

By Rep. Bryan Shupe The state House of Representatives passed a bill last week that would allow voters concerned about exposure to COVID-19 to cast their ballots by mail. Under House Bill 346, every registered voter in the state would be sent an application for a mail-in ballot for the state primary in September and […]

Commentary: Voting and race in 2020: Be aware of impediments

By Greg Williams and Ken Abraham Studies show that hundreds of thousands of nonwhite voters, in crucial states, failed to vote in 2016. All of us, and all candidates, should encourage them to vote this year. Some potential voters perceive the voting act to be worth less than the required effort; therefore, they’re unlikely to […]

Speak Out: Voting by mail

Meeting virtually for the third time in its august history, the Delaware House of Representatives on Thursday passed legislation expanding voting by mail for the remainder of 2020 due to COVID. By a 25-13 tally, with two not voting and one absent, lawmakers opted to codify and grow vote-by-mail provisions put in place by Gov. […]

Letter to the Editor: Voting by mail is not the way to go

I agree with Dan Cannon and his commentary on the need to get more/all citizens registered to vote. I believe every legal citizen has the duty to vote in elections. Where I differ from him is in the belief that we should open the elections to more absentee ballots. If elections are vital to the […]

Commentary: Lawmakers must act now to secure November election

By Mike Brickner The searing images of Georgia voters braving extremely long lines in Southern summer heat, in the middle of a pandemic – just to be able to cast their ballots – should serve as a warning to officials: We need to be better prepared to handle anything that could happen on Election Day. […]

Commentary: Reforming voter registration would be a lasting legacy

By Dan Cannon George Floyd’s death echoed past tragedies. But George Floyd’s death is vastly different. It made almost everyone sad. It awakened some sleepy people. It pushed some on-the-fence people over the edge. Some people went out and protested – even in Seaford. These protests were peaceful and very necessary to air sentiments like […]

Letter to the Editor: Extend mail-in vote to Delaware

I am asking Gov. Carney and the Delaware legislature to either extend the social distancing provision as “sick or temporarily disabled” to the presidential election or to address HB 175 in the current session. People cannot be asked to choose between the ability to cast a vote safely and their health, as was done in […]

Letter to the Editor: Expand voter provisions for safer November presidential election

We are currently living in a time of great uncertainty and stress due to the novel coronavirus in the midst of a significant election year. Given the restrictions that we now live under, people should be able to use their right to vote safely, and those who work the polls should not be unnecessarily exposed […]