Delaware State Election official blunders interpetation of law ! And No Lavelle you didn’t sponsor law! You voted NO ! @CNN @washingtonpost UPDATE ! No blunder ! State Election official correct!

UPDATE !!!!!!!!!! Special Election Law 

Title 15

Chapter 71

(a) Every special election in a representative or senatorial district shall be provided for, opened, held, conducted and closed and the result thereof ascertained and certified in the same manner, at the same places and subject to the same laws, so far as the same may be applicable, as prescribed for the general election; unless otherwise provided for in this chapter or elsewhere in this title.

Looks like loop hole in the law that will allow these 16 year olds to vote !!

UPDATE AND OMG !!!!! Election officials may be correct !!!!!!! The next General Election is November 2018 and technically those 16 today will most likely be 18 at the “next General Election” OMG ! But wait! Let’s review the law for “Special Elections”  

House Bill 381 145th General Assembly (2009 – 2010)

SPONSOR:

Rep. Longhurst & Sen. McDowell

Reps. Barbieri, Carson, George, J. Johnson, Q. Johnson, Keeley, Kowalko, Mitchell, Plant, Schooley, Schwartzkopf, Scott, B. Short, Viola, Walls, D.E. Williams, D.P. Williams; Sen. Blevins, Hall-Long, Katz

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES  

145th GENERAL ASSEMBLY

 

HOUSE BILL NO. 381

 

 

AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 15 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO ELECTIONS.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE:

 

Section 1.  Amend §1701, Title 15 of the Delaware Code by designating the entirety of the existing section as subsection “(a)” thereof and by adding a new subsection “(b)” thereto as follows:

“(b) The Department shall permit registration of any citizen and bona fide resident of this State 16 years of age or older through the Division of Motor Vehicles as set forth in §2050(a) of this Chapter, provided that such applicant shall not be a qualified voter unless the person will be 18 years of age or older on or before the day of the general election next succeeding the applicant’s registration.”.

Section 2.  The provisions of this Act shall take effect on January 1, 2012.

 

SYNOPSIS

Current Delaware law allows individuals 18 and older, and those who will turn 18 before the next general election, to register to vote through the Division of Motor Vehicles.  This act would allow 16 year olds to register to vote through the Division of Motor Vehicle at the time they first apply for their driver’s license.  Such individuals, however, will not be allowed to vote unless they will turn 18 before the next general election.

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