Governor Signs Legislation Expanding Access to the Ballot Box, Builds on Record of Criminal Justice Reform
Today, at the Achievement Center in Wilmington, Governor Markell signed legislation that removes the financial bar to restoring voting rights for people convicted of felonies who have completed their sentence. The legislation, shepherded through the General Assembly by Senator Margaret Rose Henry (D-Wilmington East) and Representative Helene Keeley (D-Wilmington South), will make Delaware one of 40 states that have increased access to the ballot box in recent years and will prevent an individual from being unable to participate in our democracy because of their inability to pay.
The General Assembly approved legislation today that removes the financial bar to restoration of voting rights for people convicted of felonies who have completed their sentence. Delaware had been one of only three states that required payment of financial obligations before restoration of voting rights, and the only state with a statutory bar to restoration of voting rights until full payment was made.
Wilmington DE – June 2nd is the last day to change Political Party Affiliation before the September 9th Primary. The Department’s offices will be open Friday, May 30th and Monday, June 2nd to handle walk-in customers. People can use the State’s online registration system to change their party affiliation, update other registration information and register […]
River otters fishing for names at Brandywine Zoo; contest to reveal best fit for zoo’s newest animals
Two male North American River Otters have taken up residence at the Brandywine Zoo and visitors can not only meet them starting Saturday, April 20, but zoo-goers also have an opportunity to help choose names for the otters by voting at the zoo throughout the spring.