Power-Building Strategy: Commit to a broad pro-voting rights agenda.
Delaware, like Connecticut, has done a good job of consistently electing Democrats to statewide office in recent history and Democrats control both chambers of its state legislature. In 2020, Sarah McBride’s election to the State Senate made her the nation’s first person who publicly identifies as transgender to serve as a state senator, an important step in increasing LGBTQ representation among elected officials. She is also the first out LGBTQ person elected to the state’s legislature.
Unfortunately like Connecticut, Delaware has yet to fully commit to a broad pro-voting rights agenda. Delaware scored even worse than Connecticut on EveryDistrict Action Fund’s 2019 scorecard and has made little progress since then. Also like Connecticut, a constitutional amendment is required for certain changes, making progress difficult.
Several bills have been introduced in the 2021 legislative session that would begin the constitutional amendment process to implement no-excuse absentee voting and to implement same-day registration on Election Day. We strongly encourage Delaware to take additional steps to remove barriers to voting to ensure every citizen can easily exercise their right to vote.
How you can advance a 50-state strategy in Delaware:
- Call on Delaware state legislators to advance a voting rights agenda that makes voting in Delaware as easy, convenient, and open as possible. Urge lawmakers to support the pro-voter bills currently moving through the legislature.
Crossposted from EveryDistrict with permission.
DemCast is an advocacy-based 501(c)4 nonprofit. We have made the decision to build a media site free of outside influence. There are no ads. We do not get paid for clicks. If you appreciate our content, please consider a small monthly donation.