CHAPTER 94

FORMERLY

HOUSE BILL NO. 264

AN ACT TO AMEND CHAPTER 272, VOLUME 63, LAWS OF DELAWARE, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO THE TOWN OF CAMDEN.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE (two-thirds of all members elected to each house thereof concurring therein):

Section 1. Amend Chapter 272, Volume 63, Laws of Delaware, as amended, by deleting the heading immediately preceding Section 7, "Method of Making Nominations for Town Councilman" and substituting in lieu thereof the following:

"Method of Nominating Candidates for Mayor and Town Council."

Section 2. Further amend Chapter 272, Volume 63, Laws of Delaware, as amended, by creating a new Section 6 to read as follows:

"CANDIDACY FOR MAYOR OR TOWN COUNCIL."

Section 6. Each candidate for Mayor or Town Council shall be nominated as follows:

(a) Each candidate shall notify the Town Council in writing of his or her candidacy for the office of Mayor or Town Council.

(b) All such notifications of candidacy shall be filed in person at the Town Hall during regular business hours, not earlier than the opening of business on the first Monday of December and prior to the close of business on the last Friday of January. Town Hall will be open until 8:00 p.m. on the third Wednesday of January for candidates to file. All notifications of candidacy shall be publicly presented to the Town Council at the regularly scheduled meeting of Council in February of each year.

(c) Town Council shall make provisions for voting machines to be used and shall also cause to be printed sufficient absentee ballots in order for each citizen of the Town to vote at the Annual Municipal Election. Such ballot shall contain the names of all persons nominated and shall designate the office for which each is a candidate. Absentee ballots shall be made available for completion beginning the 2nd Monday of February through the close of business on the day immediately preceding the Annual Municipal Election."

Section 3. Further amend Chapter 272, Volume 63, Laws of Delaware, as amended, by deleting subsection (d), Section 7, in its entirety and substituting in lieu thereof the following:

"(d) At such Annual Municipal Election or special election of the Town, every person shall have one (1) vote, provided that he or she: (1) has attained the age of eighteen (18) years on the date of the Annual Municipal Election; (2) is domiciled in the Town of Camden; and (3) has properly registered to vote in the Town of Camden. For purposes of this Section, a person is 'domiciled' in Camden when he or she physically resides within the corporate limits of the Town with the actual intent to make that residence his or her fixed permanent home; however, any person who is enlisted or engaged in any government service of the United States or any military organization of this State or of the United States, which service requires him or her to reside outside the limits of the Town, shall be considered to be domiciled in the Town during the period of his or her service; so long as it remains his or her actual intention to retain the Camden residence as his or her fixed and permanent home. The Town of Camden shall maintain a voter registration book at Town Hall which shall contain the following information: (1) the names of the registered voters arranged in alphabetical order; (2) the address of each registered voter; (3) the birth date of each registered voter; and (4) the date that the registrant became domiciled in the Town of Camden."

Approved June 30, 1997