CHAPTER 110

REGISTRATION OF VOTERS

REGISTRATION DAYS FOR ELECTION DISTRICTS IN CITY OF WILMINGTON: GENERAL PROVISIONS

AN ACT TO AMEND CHAPTER 56, REVISED CODE OF DELAWARE, 1935, RELATING TO REGISTRATION OF VOTERS.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Delaware in General Assembly met:

Section 1. That Chapter 56 of the Revised Code of Delaware of 1935, as amended, be and the same is hereby further amended by striking out and repealing all of the first paragraph of 1743. Sec. 38. thereof and by enacting and inserting in lieu thereof the following:-

In addition to the registration days in this Chapter hereinbefore provided for, there shall be, for each election district in the City of Wilmington, one registration day in each year in which a municipal election is held in said City, which reigstration day shall be the third Saturday of April next before the day set for holding the election for municipal officers in the said city. It shall be the duty of the Board of Registration for the First Registration Department District (New Castle County) to advertise the day of such registration and the places at which the registration officers are to sit, as hereinbefore provided with respect to other registration days. It shall be the duty of the registration officers in each election district in the City of Wilmington to sit, in accordance with the said advertisement, for the purpose of registering qualified voters in such election district whose names do not appear as registered voters in the general registration or the supplementary registration thereafter. The duties of the registration officers on the said additional registration day shall be the same as those prescribed in relation to the other registration days in this Chapter. All the provisions of this Chapter relating to registration in general shall apply, so far as pertinent, to the said additional registration day.

Section 2. That Chapter 56 of the Revised Code of Delaware of 1935, as amended, be and the same is hereby further amended by striking out and repealing all of Paragraph 1712. Sec. 7. thereof and by enacting and inserting in lieu thereof a new paragraph to be styled 1712. Sec. 7, as follows:-

1712. Sec. 7. Registration Officers, Duties in Years of Supplementary Registrations; Hours and Days for Registration; Notices:--In those years in which a supplementary registration is had, as provided for in this Chapter, it shall be the duty of the Registrar and two Assistant Registrars appointed in each election district in this State to register the names of all qualified voters in each such election district, whose names do not appear as qualified voters on the books of registered voters, and to that end they shall sit for the purpose of ascertaining and registering the persons who are qualified to enjoy the right of an elector and who shall apply in person for registration, and whose names do not already appear as qualified voters on the books of registered voters, at such public and suitable places in their respective election districts as will, in the judgment of the Board of Registration of the respective registration department districts in this State, be the most convenient for the voters thereof, from eight o'clock A. M. until seven o'clock P. M., with an intermission from twelve to one o'clock, on the second Thursday in August and on the third Saturday next preceding the day of election.

The Board of Registration of the respective Registration Department Districts in this State, as described in this Chapter, shall at least ten days prior to the first day set for the purpose of registration as aforesaid, give public notice by advertisement, posted in ten or more of the most public places in each election district, in their respective Registration Department District, of the places where the registration officers shall sit for registration of voters as aforesaid and the day or days when they will sit at each of said places.

The Board of Registration of the respective Registration Department Districts in this State shall select and designate a place of registry in each election district in their respective Registration Department District, and all the work of registration shall be performed at the places so designated. Each of such Boards of Registration for their respective Department District shall hire all such places and cause the same to be fitted up, warmed, lighted and cleaned ; such place shall be in the most public, orderly and convenient portion of the district ; no building or part of a building shall be designated or used as a place of registry in which, or in any part of which, spirituous or intoxicating liquor is or has been sold within sixty days next preceding the time of using the same as such a place of registry.

Each Board of Registration of its respective Registration Department District shall furnish for each of such places of registry a white muslin flag, preferably staffed, of suitable size for the lettering thereon in black letters, the following words:

Registration and Polling Place.

At every registry, and during the time the aforesaid places are to be opened in accordance with the law, the said white flag herein provided for shall be displayed at or near the entrance to such place of registry, so as to be readily seen.

Section 3. That Chapter 56 of the Revised Code of Delaware of 1935, as amended, be and the same is hereby further amended by enacting and inserting a new paragraph to be styled 1711. Sec. 6., as follows:

1711. Sec. 6. Necessary Conveniences, Supplies, &c.; Board to Have Custody of and Furnish :--The Board of Registration of the respective Registration Department Districts in this State for their respective Registration Department District shall prepare and furnish all necessary maps, forms, oaths, certificates, blanks and instructions for the use of Registration Officers, and provide for the furnishing of such officers therewith and with all necessary supplies and also a copy of the Registration and Election Laws. Each Board shall have and retain the custody of all books, maps, forms, oaths of office and of removal, blanks, instructions, and all other records and supplies of every kind or description pertaining to each of said Boards for its respective Registration Department District.

Section 4. That Chapter 56 of the Revised Code of Delaware of 1935, as amended, be and the same is hereby further amended by enacting and inserting, immediately following 1706 G. Sec. 1 G., a new paragraph to be styled 1706 G. Sec. 2 G., as follows:

1706 G. Sec. 2 G. Notices to Department of Elections of New Castle County of Persons Appointed Registration Officers, &c.:--Upon the Board of Registration for the First Registration Department District (New Castle County) appointing the local Registration Officers as provided by 1706 G. Sec. 1 G. immediately and within five days it shall transmit and deliver in writing to the Department of Elections for New Castle County a list of persons so appointed by it as the local Registration Officers of the various election districts in New Castle County in order that said Department of Elections may appoint the same persons as the Election Officers for the same Election Districts, as provided by law. Whenever said Board of Registration shall make any subsequent changes in said list of local Registration Officers it shall give immediate notice in writing to said Department of Elections.

Approved April 22, 1943.