Recent League Happenings
The League offers a wide variety of educational programs and events for its members and guests. Most are open to the public.
Coalition Urges Funding for New Voting Machines
A Coalition representing the League, Common Cause, the Delaware Alliance for Community Advancement, and the American Civil Liberties Union held a press conference in Legislative Hall on August 10, 2017. Both the News Journal and the Delaware State News covered the event where speakers called for new voting machines with a voter-verified paper audit trail. Delaware is one of only five states nationwide without a paper trail.
League Advocacy Chair Sandy Spence told the press that our 22-year old machines need to be replaced as soon as possible with the "best [machines] that money can buy in order to protect the security and integrity of our voting system."
The press event preceded a meeting of a Task Force charged with reviewing what machines are available. The meeting focused on defining criteria to be included in a Request of Proposals. Spence called for criteria to include:
1. employ a voter-verifiable paper ballot or other paper record, said paper being the official record of the voter's intent;
2. enable the voter to verify that the paper ballot/record accurately reflects his or her intent, either by eye or with the aid of suitable devices for those who have impaired vision;
3. allow verification to take place while the voter is still in the process of voting;
4. use the paper ballot/record for audits and recounts;
5. facilitate verification of vote totals by an independent hand count of the paper ballot/record; and
6. support routine audits of the paper ballot/record in randomly selected precincts in every election, with the results published by the jurisdiction.
A copy of her statement can be seen here.
Our statewide Holiday Luncheon was held in the Dover Downs Festival Buffet, Dover Downs Hotel and Casino. Members from all three local Leagues enjoyed the vast array of soups, salads, entrees, and desserts as well as the opportunity to network. Presidents from each local League reported on their activities in the past year and Sandy Spence provided a report on the important work of the state Advocacy Corps in Legislative Hall.
Advocacy Corps Issues Position Papers
In preparation for League Day, the Advocacy Corps developed eleven Position Papers on topics addressed in the morning sessions, plus a few on other priority issues. Members delivered folders with all the Position Papers to every legislator's office. They will be used at committee hearings, in letters to the editor, and in other advocacy efforts. To see these papers, go to Position Papers