LWVDE Presidents send letter to Governor urging easing of absentee voting rules

LWVDE Presidents send letter to Governor urging easing of absentee voting rules

League of Women Voters of Delaware

The League of Women Voters of Delaware has sent a letter to the Governor of the State of Delaware urging a change in the process of absentee voting in light of the current situation related to the Coronavirus crisis.  The letter, sent in reference to the Delaware Presidential Primary scheduled for April 28th, was signed by LWVDE Co-Presidents, Sue Claire Harper and Carol Jones.  It was also sent to the Election Commissioner and members of the General Assembly. 

The LWVDE urged that Delaware make it safer for voters and poll workers by limiting the need to cast an in-person ballot.  The current absentee ballot has a limited list of reasons that do not apply to self-isolation and quarantining of those who may not be truly sick, the situation currently experienced by many Delawareans.  Implementing a no-excuse absentee or vote by mail process may be ways to address voting from home rather than going to the polls. 

Please read the PDF iconletter in its entirety for more details.

UPDATE:  as of March 24, 2020 , Governor Carney's modification of his State of Emergency order has broadened the absentee ballot application process to allow "social distancing due to COVID-19" as a valid reason to vote in this manner.  

It appears that on the existing Absentee Ballot Application Form,  the Governor’s order allows a citizen who is not actually sick, but just quarantined, the choice to check either of the following boxes: ( ) Sick or ( ) Temporarily or Permanently Disabled.


Absentee ballots can be requested here.
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