CHAPTER 165

AN ACT TO AMEND CHAPTER 158, VOLUME 36, LAWS OF DELAWARE, ENTITLED "AN ACT CHANGING THE NAME OF 'THE TOWN OF DOVER' TO THE 'THE CITY OF DOVER' AND ESTABLISHING A CHARTER THEREFOR".

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Delaware (two-thirds of all Members elected to each House concurring therein):

Section 1. The last paragraph of Section 5 of Chapter 158, Volume 36, Laws of Delaware (as amended), is amended to read:

No one shall be eligible to be elected as Mayor or as a member of the Council who was not nominated therefor, as hereinafter prescribed, and who at the time of his election was not a resident of the City and had not resided therein, or in an area annexed to the City during the two years next preceding the day of election, for the two years next preceding the day of election, or who was not a citizen of the State of Delaware or who was not of the age of twenty-one years.

Section 2. Subsection (d) of Section 8 of Chapter 158, Volume 36, Laws of Delaware (as amended) is amended to read:

(d) Every resident of the City of Dover who shall have reached the age of 21 years, who has resided in the City of Dover or in an area annexed to the City during the 6 months preceding the day of election, for at least 6 months preceding the day of election and who is not delinquent in the payment of any tax actually levied by the City shall be entitled to vote at the regular municipal elections. Any person who by the 31st day of December next preceding the day of a regular municipal election has failed to pay any tax levied against such person or his property by the City of Dover shall be considered delinquent in the payment of his taxes and shall not be eligible to vote.

The Council by ordinance duly adopted may provide for the registration of voters and require that a person otherwise qualified to vote must also be properly registered in order to vote in the municipal elections. Any such ordinance providing for registration of voters shall make adequate provision for the preparation and custody of registration books and for the entry therein of the names of registered voters, their qualifications as such, the fact of their voting at each municipal election, and such other matters as may be required by this Charter or the Laws of the State of Delaware. Reasonable opportunity shall be provided for voters to register, and there shall be at least 3 registration days in each year, one of which shall be not less than 30 days prior to an election.

Approved December 6, 1963.