CHAPTER 89

FORMERLY

HOUSE SUBSTITUTE NO. 1 FOR

HOUSE BILL NO. 19

AS AMENDED BY

HOUSE AMENDMENT NO. 1

AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 15 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO ELECTION OFFICERS.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE :

Section 1. Amend § 4701(a), Chapter 47, Title 15, Delaware Code by inserting at the end of said subsection the following new paragraph:

“(1) The county executive committee of each of the two (2) principal political parties may nominate Delaware citizens who are full-time students and who will be at least sixteen (16) years of age on or before November 1 in the year of a general election and who will be less than eighteen (18) years of age on or before the day of the general election to serve as clerks of election. Such nominations shall be accompanied by an authorization signed by the person’s parent or guardian as well as the principal of the school the student attends. The authorization shall be on a form promulgated by the Commissioner of Elections. The county Departments of Election may recruit United States citizens who are full-time students and who will be at least sixteen (16) years of age on or before November 1 in the year of a general election and who will be less than eighteen (18) years of age on or before the day of the general election to serve as clerks of election. Persons recruited by county Departments of Elections shall present an authorization, on the form promulgated by the Commissioner of Elections, to the respective county Departments of Elections prior to being appointed. Not withstanding any law or regulation to the contrary, the county Departments of Elections may appoint no more than two (2) persons under the age of eighteen (18) as clerks in any Election District where two (2) or fewer voting machines are assigned. In Election Districts where three (3) or more voting machines are assigned, one (1) person under the age of eighteen (18) may be appointed as a clerk for each voting machine assigned. Persons nominated by a political party on or before February 1, in the year of a general election shall be given priority over persons recruited by the Departments of Elections unless such persons demonstrate that they are unable or unwilling to perform election officer duties. The Commissioner of Elections, after consultation and coordination with the county Departments of Elections, shall promulgate the nomination form for the purpose of this Subsection no later than January 1, 2004.

(2) Not withstanding any law or regulation to the contrary, the county Departments of Elections may appoint Delaware residents who are registered voters and who are enrolled as at least half-time students in colleges or universities within the respective county as election officers for that county. College or university students recruited by county Departments of Elections and who will be less than eighteen (18) years of age on or before the day of the general election shall present an authorization signed by a faculty member or dean of the school they attend, on the form promulgated by the Commissioner of Elections, to the respective county Departments of Elections prior to being appointed.”.

Approved June 30, 2003