General Assembly wraps up second week

DOVER — A House committee released to the full chamber legislation that would allow no-excuse absentee voting, replacing the current list of specified reasons. House Bill 75 would strike the circumstances that allow a resident to request an absentee ballot, such as due to an illness, work or vacation, instead adding a line stating simply, […]

Turnout booming in Cheswold as candidates greet voters

CHESWOLD — The Cheswold Fire Hall was packed with voters Tuesday morning, requiring a police officer to direct traffic due to the sheer number of visitors. Dozens of people stood outside the building awaiting their turns, flanked by candidates and their supporters. The day was crisp but not too cold, a stark contrast from the […]

Survey results reveal trust in polling place safety

WILMINGTON — Based on a successful primary day, the state is hopeful Election Day will go just as smoothly in regards to voters and poll workers following guidelines put in place to help curb the spread of COVID-19. The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) on Tuesday revealed the results of a survey sent to […]

Blunt Rochester and Murphy go head-to-head in virtual debate

Republican House nominee Lee Murphy aligned himself with President Donald Trump and the GOP orthodoxy on a range of issues Wednesday night, standing diametrically opposed to Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester. The two candidates squared off virtually for an hour in the University of Delaware’s biennial election debate, fielding questions from a moderator about key issues […]

QOTD: How was your voting experience?

Tuesday’s primary set a record for turnout. If you voted, did your experience change your plans on how you will vote in the General Election on Nov. 3?

2020 primary likely shatters turnout record, governor says

DOVER — Delaware’s primary election likely will set records for turnout, Gov. John Carney said Tuesday afternoon. During his weekly briefing, Gov. Carney said 2020 “probably will be the highest turnout primary vote that we’ve had in the state of Delaware,” with mail-in voting alone almost surpassing the prior mark. Approximately 83,000 Democrats and 38,000 […]

ACLU sues Delaware over deadline for mailed ballots

DOVER — The American Civil Liberties Union of Delaware announced Thursday evening the filing of a lawsuit to force the state to accept ballots mailed in but not received before the Election Day deadline. The lawsuit, which applies to the Nov. 3 general election but not the Sept. 15 primary, would require ballots that arrive […]

Election commissioner outlines voting details

WILMINGTON — Anyone looking to register to vote in Delaware’s closed primary Sept. 15 must register by Saturday at 11:59 p.m., Delaware Election Commissioner Anthony Albence reminded eligible voters Wednesday. Mr. Albence said the easiest way to register and to double-check if a person is registered is to visit Those interested in requesting a […]

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 […]