Speak Up: Responses to question on nonresident artificial entities and voting

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House Substitute 1 for House Bill 121 has been voted out of committee and placed on the Ready List in the Delaware House of Representatives. The bill seeks to change the city of Seaford charter to allow “artificial entities, limited liability corporations’ partnerships, and trusts to vote in Municipal elections held in Seaford following the principle of ‘one person/entity/one vote’” and revise the definition of residents to be “every natural person, male or female.” Should nonresident, nonhuman entities be allowed to vote in elections?

  • I think this will open up a lot of problems. Voters should be the citizens of the city. Real people. — Becky Evaristo
  • Of course not. The individuals who run those entities and limited liability corporations can vote as individuals. Why should they be given a vote as a representative of the LLC or artificial entity? Bad enough they can donate more than an individual is allowed by donating through their corporations, thanks to Citizens United. — Jenny Caldwell
  • No … but they will pass it. — Jeff Grzeszczak
  • No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. — Ray Cool
  • No. — Gary Uzmack
  • Absolutely not! Secret donors have already persuaded Seaford City Council to pursue at least one ordinance unconstitutional in Delaware, an ordinance later struck down in court. And Seaford “leaders” admitted welcoming that meddling — on record — to the Delaware State News (BaytoBayNews.com). Now, they invite corporations (whose staff and officers can already vote) to have additional say in city affairs? How corrupt can you get? We should call out Rep. Danny Short and Sen. Bryant Richardson for carrying water for a council majority that puts partisan and corporate interests over the will of the people. Maybe Seaford should be run on behalf of its residents, not by secret donors and artificial entities. Representative democracy belongs to human beings, not artificial entities that can be created by paperwork alone. And, for the folks who think this is just a Seaford issue, you’re next. Paper tigers could soon have as much — and probably more — say in your town or city as you do. — Greg Layton
  • Absolutely not. Corporations already have too much sway in elections. With their money. — Loren Evans
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