TITLE 15

Elections

Registration of Voters

CHAPTER 20. REGISTRATION OFFICERS AND MOBILE REGISTRATION; REGISTRATION BY MAIL

Subchapter I. Registration Officers


(a) The Department shall train and appoint such Department employees and such other persons as deemed necessary to serve as registration officers. These persons shall serve at the pleasure of the Department.

(b) Compensation of registration officers shall be set by the Department.

(c) The Department shall conduct voter registration at its offices each regular business day except during periods during which registration is closed in accordance with this title. The Department may schedule additional periods for office registration as deemed necessary.

67 Del. Laws, c. 354, § 19; 74 Del. Laws, c. 411, § 2; 79 Del. Laws, c. 275, § 29.;

Each person appointed under § 2001 of this title shall appear before the Department to qualify by taking and subscribing to the prescribed oath (or affirmation) and to receive suitable instruction after due notice from the Department, which shall be given at least 7 days before the times appointed for the appearance of the registration officers. No person shall be excused from the obligation unless that person shall have become disqualified by sickness, disability or otherwise.

67 Del. Laws, c. 354, § 19; 70 Del. Laws, c. 186, § 1; 79 Del. Laws, c. 275, § 29.;

(a) Each person appointed under § 2001 of this title shall take and subscribe before the Department before beginning such person's duties the following oath (or affirmation):

I, ______________, residing in _____ election district of the representative district in __________ county, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support the Constitution of the United States, and the Constitution of the State of Delaware, and that I will faithfully discharge the duties of registration officer in __________ county, according to the best of my ability.

(b) Any member of the State Board of Elections and any county director, deputy county director or other authorized agent of the Department may administer this oath (or affirmation).

67 Del. Laws, c. 354, § 19; 70 Del. Laws, c. 186, § 1; 77 Del. Laws, c. 227, § 1; 79 Del. Laws, c. 275, § 29.;

The Department shall deliver a certificate of appointment to whomsoever it shall appoint and who shall be sworn into office as a registration officer. Such certificate shall be in such form as shall be prescribed by the Department and shall include the date of the expiration of such person's term of office.

67 Del. Laws, c. 354, § 19; 70 Del. Laws, c. 186, § 1; 79 Del. Laws, c. 275, § 29.;

(a) Any citizen may apply in writing, in person or by telephone on any regular business day, except during the period beginning 20 days before each general election through election day, to the Department for a voter registration application to be provided by the Department to the requestor or to a member of the citizen's immediate family.

(b) In connection with any request under this section, the Department shall:

(1) Permit the person to complete the application for that person's own self in the office or mail the application for that individual to that individual within 3 business days of the request.

(2) Mail the voter registration application to a member of the requestor's immediate family within 3 business days of the request.

(c) Applications requested in accordance with this section may be for the purposes of registering to vote, transferring the voter's address, changing the voter's name on the voter's voter registration record and/or changing a voter's political party affiliation.

74 Del. Laws, c. 411, § 3; 70 Del. Laws, c. 186, § 1; 79 Del. Laws, c. 275, § 29.;

Each of the registration officers shall, in addition to the other powers conferred upon such officer by law, have, during the respective times of the appointed sittings for registration, the power to:

(1) Preserve order and enforce obedience to that officer's lawful commands at or around the place of registration;

(2) Keep access to such place open and unobstructed;

(3) Protect and keep safe registration applications in their custody and possession;

(4) Administer oaths or affirmations.

67 Del. Laws, c. 354, § 19; 70 Del. Laws, c. 186, § 1; 74 Del. Laws, c. 411, § 4.;