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Click on Vote411 for an informative, current, online guide pertaining to elections and for registration and voting in general in the State of Delaware.

Go here to see the LWV Lobby Handbook that will help you advocate for the issues that concern you.


The LWV online voters' guide website,, had a record-setting year in 2018. Two days before the election, a million more voters had already used the site nationally this year than in the entire 2016 Presidential Election season. On the morning of November 6, Megan Brown posted "We're seeing huge traffic already this morning! We currently have 12,300 people looking at the candidate information on the site!"

The excitement was aided by celebrity boosts + John Oliver urged his viewers to visit VOTE411 on his October 28 Last Week Tonight show, and Amy Schumer promoted the VOTE411 candidate guides on Instagram on November 5. Celebrity impact is HUGE. After the John Oliver show, traffic for the site surged roughly 20 times compared to an average Sunday following.

Delaware's VOTE411 online voters' guide for the 2018 party primary elections was live from July 16 to Sept 6, and our general election guide was live from Sept 7 to Nov 6. Thanks to the efforts of our fabulous volunteers, we finished with over 70% candidate participation for both guides, including ALL candidates for state-wide races (U.S. Senate, U.S. House, state AG, Auditor and Treasurer) in the general election. Candidates from all parties, in every race on the ballot from U.S. Senate down to NCC/Kent/Sussex county-level races, were invited to submit information for our Delaware VOTE411 guide.

Our county-level VOTE411 advertising teams netted some great publicity!

LWVDE Joins DELCOG Petition Urging Investigation of LLCs

LWVDE joined a press conference held Monday, August 6, where the Delaware Coalition for Open Government presented a petition (see here) urging Attorney General Matt Denn to initiate an investigation of the state's system for limited liability companies. The petition asked Denn to appoint an Independent Counsel to identify weaknesses in the Delaware Limited Liability Company Act. The other signatories on the petition also included the Civic League for New Castle County, the Delaware Press Association, Pacem in Terris, American Promise Delaware, Delaware Get Money Out, and Network Delaware.

The law facilitates the use of Delaware LLCs as "as fronts to commit crimes," according to the petition. "The time has arrived where the Attorney General, who is the chief law enforcement officer of the state of Delaware, can take some action," said DelCOG President Nick Wasileski.

The petitioners said they want an independent counsel to:

  • Study the language of the Delaware Limited Liability Company Act to identify provisions that facilitate the misuse of Delaware limited liability companies as fronts to commit crimes;
  • Investigate issues of fraud against the state committed by bad actors that form LLCs to commit crimes, prosecute when criminal liability is assessed, and levy monetary and other appropriate penalties;
  • Make recommendations for amendments to provisions of the Act.

LWVDE has supported legislation over the past few years urging better transparency for LLCs whose beneficial owners can remain anonymous in numerous cases.

ERA Action Alert

LWVDE Action Alert

SUPPORT DELAWARE ERA HB 399 AND ATTEND LEAGUE DAY IN DOVER AND SPEND THE ENTIRE DAY!!! HB 399, adding an ERA to the Delaware Constitution, is scheduled for a vote in Committee at 3:30 pm that day with debate on the Senate Floor, immediately following! If you haven't already registered for League Day, you can do so by TOMORROW Sunday, May 6. Use a credit card or PayPal to register online at Scroll down to Donate with a Credit Card or Donate with PayPal, hit the Donate link at that site. Donate $30. We will know that is for League Day.



LWVDE Council Meeting

SAVE THE DATE On Saturday, May 19, 2018, from 10 am to 3 pm, the State Council meeting will be held at the Dover City Library. The merger of LWVDE and the Ed Fund into a single 501(c)(3) organization will be discussed and voted on. Speaker Amy Hjerstedt from LWVUS will outline the national organiation's Transformation Roadmap. SAVE THE DATE

Action Alert on Gun Safety

The House is considering two bills strongly supported by LWVDE. Please contact your legislators and urge them to support the following two bills:

Support HB 330. This bill would change from 18 to 21 the age of a person to whom another person can sell, give, or transfer a firearm or ammunition for a firearm. See the League statement here.

Support HB 302. It would give our mental health professionals more ways to raise red flags with law enforcement and limit access to firearms for patients they believe could harm themselves or others. Its provisions aim to ensure due process for those identified as potentially dangerous.

Then, attend the hearing at 2:30 pm Wednesday in the House Chambers at Legislative Hall, 411 Legislative Ave. in Dover to show your support. Wear your LWV pin and join the rest of us.

For a flyer with more info, including bill sponsors and co-sponsors and how to contact your legislators, go here.

League Testifies on Governor's Budget

During late January and February, several Advocacy Corps members spoke at hearings of the Joint Finance Committee to urge approval of some of the Governor's budget provisions and decry the absence of funding for some important programs. Their testimony and updated position papers are here.

According to the press release issued by the Governor's office, "the Fiscal Year 2019 Recommended Budget, sent to the General Assembly in January, represents a balanced $4.2 billion financial plan that will make important investments in Delaware's economy, workforce, and public schools, while ensuring budget sustainability.

The Governor's "Responsible Investment" proposal limits budget growth to 3.49 percent and allocates $100 million of surplus, one-time revenue into one-time investments in the capital budget.

Learn more about the proposed budget and whether it is truly sustainable at League Day in Dover.

Updated Version of This Way to the Voting Booth Issued

Voting & Elections Chair Letty Diswood has announced availability of an updated version of This Way to the Voting Booth: A Citizen's Guide to Registration and Voting. Everything you ever wanted to know about how to register and vote in Delaware is covered, including 2018 deadlines for registering, election dates, what to expect at the polling place, and specific information about voting in school board elections. Note: The 2018 Primary Election is scheduled for Thursday, September 6 instead of the typical Tuesday election day.

The 4-page brochure can be printed on legal sized paper for distribution. It is available here and a version that can be printed without using so much red ink is available here.

This information is also available on this website under Voting and Elections.

LWVUS Notes Opportunity to Comment on Offshore Drilling

The Trump Administration's plan to allow drilling along coasts of the United States (except Florida) will begin moving ahead this year, if not modified after the public comment period. This will take our country in the wrong direction in addressing climate change. There is still time, but not much, to submit comments opposing the proposed policy shift. All concerned Leagues and members are urged to do so. Members should indicate that they are a member of the [local] League.

The LWVUS Climate Change Task Force has developed some background and message points to consider when commenting. Public comment is being received through the Department of the Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) website until 11:59 Eastern on March 9th.

LWVUS Board Adopts 2018 Legislative Priorities

The LWVUS Board has set the following as the legislative priorities for 2018:

1. Campaign for Making Democracy Work™ (MDW), with special emphasis on protecting voting rights.
2. Watchdog: Respond strategically on issues with LWV positions when needed, but focus on the Campaign for Making Democracy Work™.

The board recognizes that the coming year will be full of the unexpected. The main focus for LWVUS should continue to be our MDW Campaign, but other topics are expected to pop up that are important to the LWV--including the Dream Act and immigration reform, climate change and health care defense. There will doubtless be other, unpredictable legislative issues. Advocacy staff, working with the president and advocacy chair, will respond to watchdog issues as time allows. The board can re-examine or re-align legislative priorities as the situation may dictate throughout the coming year.

LWVDE Compliance with Delaware Law

Effective Immediately: for Action to be taken on an issue, electronic votes MUST be unanimous and each person's vote must be recorded and appear in the minutes of the next Board meeting. This will ensure compliance with Delaware law.

JOIN Our Social Media Communities!

The League of Women Voters of Delaware has joined the League of Women Voters U.S. and other Leagues around the nation in social media conversations taking place on Facebook and Twitter. These online communities share news from across the state and country. Our Delaware pages features "fast facts" about the league as well as calendar items and photos of League members who are involved in community events.

Our Facebook page was started October 30, 2013 by Sussex League member Janet Orlando. Our Twitter page was started October 23, 2013 by New Castle League member Diane Maxwell. The League of Women Voters U. S. is one of our followers and has already "retweeted" one of our "fast facts" posts!

To join Facebook, simply click on Facebook or go to <>, search for the League of Women Voters of Delaware, and send us a "friend" request. To follow us on Twitter, click on Twitter or go to <>, follow the instructions for joining, and then search for @lwvde and "follow" us!

Diane Maxwell and Mary Eggars, Public Relations Co-Chairs, LWVDE.

League of Women Voters' 98th Year

This year marks the League's 98th year. Click here to read about the history of the LWV!

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