CHAPTER 146 - REGISTRATION OF VOTERS DECLARATION OF INTENT

AN ACT PROVIDING FOR THE FILING OF THE DECLARATION OF INTENT TO BECOME A CITIZEN AND RESIN DENT OF DELAWARE BY ANY PERSON COMING FROM ANY OTHER STATE, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA OR TERRITORY, AT LEAST ONE YEAR PRIOR TO A GENERAL ELECTION IN DELAWARE AS A QUALIFICATION FOR THE RIGHT TO BECOME A REGISTERED VOTER AT SUCH GENERAL ELECTION.

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

Section 1. From and after the passage and approval of this Act, any person coming into this State from any other State, the District of Columbia, or any Territory of the United States shall not be entitled to vote at a General Election of this State until one year after his or her declaration of intent to become a citizen and resident of this State shall be evidenced by such entry in a record book, to be known as "Declaration of Intent Book".

Section 2. The "Declaration of Intent Book" shall be provided by the Levy Court of the respective Counties of the State and one of such books shall be delivered to the Board of Registration of each County who shall keep the same for the entry of the names of all such persons defined in Section 1 hereof. The Board of Registration shall enter in said book (1) The date of application, (2) The name of the person, (3) His or her address in this State, (4) His or her address in the State whence he or she came, (5) Age, (6) Occupation, (7) His or her declaration of intent to become a citizen and Resident of this State and (8) His or her signature witnessed by a Member of the Board of Registration or by the Secretary or any Clerk thereof. Such entries shall be arranged alphabetically under the names of such persons.

Section 3. Every person so registered under the provisions of this Act shall be entitled to receive from the Board of Registration a copy of such record entry duly certified and signed by the Board of Registration which shall be evidence of his or her intention to become a citizen and resident of Delaware. The declaration of intent to become a citizen and resident of this State shall date from the day such application was made before the Board of Registration as evidenced by the record in the "Declaration of Intent Book", or a certified copy thereof as aforesaid. No fee or charge shall be made by the Board of Registration for such registration of intent or for any such certified copy of the record entry thereof.

Section 4. Before any such person as defined in Section 1 hereof shall be entitled to registration as a registered voter for any General Election of this State, he or she so desiring to register shall present to the registration officers a certified copy of the record entries of his or her intent to become a citizen and resident of this State as the same appears in the "Declaration of Intent Book"; if such record shows that the declaration of intent to become a citizen or resident of this State was made one year or more prior to the date of the next General Election of the State, such applicant shall be entitled to be registered as a registered voter for said Election, provided he or she otherwise qualifies as such under the provisions of the Constitution of the State of Delaware and any general law passed pursuant thereto.

Approved April 13, 1945.