Voters go to polls in Delaware primary election

By Joseph Edelen
Posted 9/12/22

Tuesday, eligible Delawareans can cast their ballots from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the state primary election. Democrats and Republicans will help determine candidates for the Nov. 8 general …

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Voters go to polls in Delaware primary election

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Tuesday, eligible Delawareans can cast their ballots from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the state primary election. Democrats and Republicans will help determine candidates for the Nov. 8 general election.

While there is only one statewide race on the ballot, each county will host competitive contests for seats in the state House of Representatives, state Senate, county councils and more.

Where to vote

Those unsure of their polling place can visit the Delaware Department of Elections online voting portal at Ivote.de.gov where they can enter their address to find out where to vote. On the Department of Elections’ website, voters can visit Elections.delaware.gov for a complete list of every polling place in the state.

Redistricting

Between today’s primary election and the upcoming general election on Nov. 8, every member of Delaware’s General Assembly will be up for reelection.

This is due to redistricting that altered the boundaries of the state’s Representative and Senate districts, a process that is undertaken every 10 years to coincide with federal census data. While redistricting has put each lawmaker up for reelection, only eight incumbent legislators face primary opponents. Additionally, redistricting has resulted in a new representative district in the Long Neck area to accommodate for Sussex County’s growth, effectively eliminating the district of Rep. Bud Freel, D-Wilmington, in the process.

Voter registration

If you are an eligible, unregistered voter but wish to participate in today’s primary election, it is not too late to get signed up.

For the first time, Delawareans can utilize same-day voter registration. State Elections Commissioner Anthony Albence said poll workers have been trained in assisting the same-day registration process, which is designed for a smooth and efficient process for voters.

After arriving to their polling place, a person can inform a poll worker of their intent to register. From there, a worker will assist in the registration process, which requires unregistered voters to complete an application and provide a copy of their current government-issued photo identification or a valid government document displaying the person’s name and address.

Who’s on the ballot?

The sole statewide race is for Auditor of Accounts, as current Democratic state Auditor Kathy McGuiness is opposed by Wilmington-based attorney Lydia York.

In the state legislature, several seats in the House and Senate have primary races, most notably in New Castle County. In the county, a total of eight primary races for the House will be determined today, with six involving incumbent representatives. The two additional state House races will help determine the successors of retiring Rep. John Kowalko, D-Newark, and retiring Rep. David Bentz, D-Christiana.

In Kent County, two Democratic primaries will decide the party’s nominees to replace retiring Sen. Bruce Ennis, D-Smyrna, who is leaving the legislature after 40 years, and Rep. Andria Bennett, D-Dover, who is taking over as city clerk of Dover. In the 16th Senate District, a three-way Republican primary will select the district’s new senator, as no Democratic opponents await in the general election.

Sussex County has three primaries for the seats in the state legislature: a Democratic primary for the 6th Senate District and Republican primaries for the 4th and 36th Representative districts. The 6th Senate District race will help determine the successor to retiring Sen. Ernie Lopez, R-Lewes, and the 4th Representative District race will help decide the new district’s first representative, as opponents for both races await in the general election.

Aside from the General Assembly, a number of other races are on the ballot today. Each county’s respective councils have competitive races, including a Democratic primary for the 1st District seat on New Castle County Council, Republican primaries for the 4th and 6th District seats on Kent County Levy Court, and a Republican primary for the 5th District seat on Sussex County Council. In Sussex County, there are also two Republican primaries for register of wills and recorder of deeds.

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