HB 346

  • Delaware House Bill
  • 150th General Assembly (2019-2020)
  • Introduced in House Jun 12, 2020
  • Passed House Jun 18, 2020
  • Passed Senate Jun 25, 2020
  • Signed by Governor Jul 01, 2020

An Act To Amend Title 15 Of The Delaware Code Relating To Voting By Mail For The 2020 Non-Presidential Primary, General, And Special Elections.

Abstract

This Act provides for voting by mail for the 2020 primary and general elections and special elections held under the provisions of Chapter 73 of Title 15 due to the emergency caused by COVID-19, a highly contagious virus. Voting by mail is an alternative to, and not a replacement for, in-person voting, which remains an available option to those electors not voting by absentee or mail ballot. This Act establishes procedures for voting by mail which mirror the procedures for absentee voting. The Act makes clear that, like in absentee voting, no ballots can be tabulated until Election Day. The authority to implement voting by mail stems from the Delaware Constitution. Article XVII of the Delaware Constitution mandates that in order to insure continuity of State and local governmental operations in periods of an emergency resulting from disease, the General Assembly shall have the power and immediate duty to adopt measures that may be necessary and proper for insuring the continuity of governmental operations including nonconformity with the requirements of the Constitution when in the judgment of the General Assembly to do so would be impracticable. With this Act, the General Assembly finds that due to the highly contagious nature of COVID-19, and the need to protect Delaware voters and polling workers from the virus, voting by mail is necessary and proper for insuring the continuity of governmental operations, and conformity with the constraints of Article V, ยง 4A would be impracticable.

Bill Sponsors (38)

Votes


Jun 18, 2020

Jun 25, 2020

Actions


Jul 01, 2020

Office of the Governor

Signed by Governor

Jun 25, 2020

Senate

Amendment SA 1 to HB 346 - Defeated By Senate. Votes: 8 YES 13 NO

Senate

Amendment SA 2 to HB 346 - Defeated By Senate. Votes: 8 YES 13 NO

Senate

Suspension of Rules in Senate

Senate

Passed By Senate. Votes: 18 YES 3 NO

Senate

Amendment SA 3 to HB 346 - Defeated By Senate. Votes: 8 YES 13 NO

Jun 24, 2020

House

Amendment SA 3 to HB 346 - Introduced and Placed With Bill

House

Amendment SA 1 to HB 346 - Introduced and Placed With Bill

House

Amendment SA 2 to HB 346 - Introduced and Placed With Bill

Jun 18, 2020

House

Passed By House. Votes: 25 YES 13 NO 2 NOT VOTING 1 ABSENT

House

Amendment HA 1 to HB 346 - Defeated By House. Votes: 14 YES 27 NO

House

Amendment HA 2 to HB 346 - Defeated By House. Votes: 15 YES 25 NO 1 ABSENT

House

Amendment HA 3 to HB 346 - Defeated By House. Votes: 16 YES 25 NO

House

Amendment HA 5 to HB 346 - Passed By House. Votes: 40 YES 1 ABSENT

House

Suspension of Rules in House

Jun 17, 2020

House

Amendment HA 4 to HB 346 - Introduced and Placed With Bill

House

Amendment HA 3 to HB 346 - Introduced and Placed With Bill

Jun 16, 2020

House

Amendment HA 2 to HB 346 - Introduced and Placed With Bill

House

Amendment HA 1 to HB 346 - Introduced and Placed With Bill

Jun 12, 2020

House

Introduced and Assigned to Administration Committee in House

  • Referral-Committee
  • Introduction
Administration

Bill Text

Bill Text Versions Format
Bill Text PDF HTML
HA 5 to HB 346 HTML PDF

Related Documents

Document Format
Fiscal Note PDF

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