WHEREAS, the principal of the secret ballot protects the liberty of all citizens in a free society; and
WHEREAS, the Freedom of Information Act requires that the votes of public bodies be kept as a written record available to the public; and
WHEREAS, any town which operates as a direct democracy is thereby required to record the votes of all citizens attending town meetings; and
WHEREAS, this requirement operates as a burden on such towns and violates their right to take secret ballots.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE:
Section 1. Amend Subsection (f) of Section 10004 of Title 29, Delaware Code, by inserting the words "(except where the public body is a town assembly where all citizens are entitled to vote) after the words, by individual members", and before the words "of each vote taken" as they appear in the second sentence.