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Window shot out of occupied residence in Dover - WDEL 1150AMAccording to Dover Police, officers were dispatched to the 300 block of Frear Drive for reports that an occupied residence in the Towne Point Apartments was struck by gunfire at 8:09 p.m. on January 15, 2017. Multiple people were inside the residence ...

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DID YOU KNOW THE FOLLOWING ABOUT Delaware

The first European colony in the Delaware Valley was established by Swedish settlers in 1638. Between 1698 and 1699, the descendants of these early colonists constructed Old Swedes Church (also known as Holy Trinity Church), which is one of the oldest houses of worship in America still in use.

According to legend, Delaware was nicknamed “The Diamond State” because Thomas Jefferson referred to it as a “jewel among the states” due to its prime location on the Eastern Seaboard.

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The first bathing beauty pageant in which contestants competed for the title of “Miss United States” took place in Rehoboth Beach in 1880 as a way to attract business during its summer festival. Inventor Thomas Edison was one of the contest’s judges.

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After the onset of World War II, several concrete observation towers ranging between 39 and 75 feet tall were constructed along Delaware’s coast to protect the bay and coastal towns from German warships. Eleven towers remain in Delaware and two remain in Cape May, NJ.

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Delaware Bay is home to more horseshoe crabs than anywhere else in the world. Mostly unchanged for the past 300 million years, these “living fossils” were collected by Native American Indians for food and used as fertilizer—a practice that was passed along to early colonial settlers and continued until the 1960s. Currently used in biomedical research, horseshoe crabs have played an invaluable role in studying the human eye and detecting bacteria in drugs.

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Over the years Delaware has been called the “chemical capital,” “the corporate capital” and the “credit card capital” of the United States.

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State of Delaware Quick Facts
  • Current Population:945,934
  • Voter Registration Deadline: 28 days before an election
  • Election Day Voter Registration: No
  • Early Voting: No
  • Absentee Voting: Yes
  • Voter ID: Yes
  • Electoral Colleges: 3
  • Congressional Districts: 1
  • Date of Statehood: December 7, 1787
  • Size: 2,489 square miles
  • Nickname(s): The First State; The Diamond State; Blue Hen State; Small Wonder
  • Tree: American Holly
  • Flower: Peach Blossom
  • Bird: Blue Hen
Registered Voters

State Wide: 663,863

  • Democrats : 315,844
  • Republican : 187,082

Voting And Elections

Am I eligible To Vote in Delaware?

Most States require citizens to be registered in order to vote. Make sure you understand the voter registration requirements in the state of Delaware.

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  • Can I Register At The Polls On Election Day?

    NO: Delaware does not provide Same Day Voter Registration. You must register to vote by the voter registration deadline in order to vote in an election. If you miss the voter registration deadline for an election you should contact your local election office.

    If My Address Has Changed Do I Need To Re-register To Vote?

    When you register to vote, your voter registration is linked to your residential address. When registered voters move, they are supposed to update their registration records with election officials before voting

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  • How Do I Register To Vote in Delaware?
    Voter registration is a means of determining the candidates and issues for which each voter is eligible to vote. Most states require voters to register to vote a certain number of days before Election Day. Voter Registration also protects the integrity of the ballot box by preventing voting in multiple jurisdictions.

    To register to vote inthe state of Delaware, voters have the following options :

    In Person

    You can register to vote by applying with the Department of Elections

    By Mail

    You can register to vote by applying with the Department of Elections

    Online

    Delaware enables residents to register through their online voter registration portal

    State agencies

    You can also register to vote at any of the state agencies while accessing their services

    Can I Take Time Off For Voting?

    No specific law requiring time off to vote

    Delaware State Government

    Delaware Constitution

    PREAMBLE

    Through Divine goodness, all people have by nature the rights of worshiping and serving their Creator according to the dictates of their consciences, of enjoying and defending life and liberty, of acquiring and protecting reputation and property, and in general of obtaining objects suitable to their condition, without injury by one to another; and as these rights are essential to their welfare, for due exercise thereof, power is inherent in them; and therefore all just authority in the institutions of political society is derived from the people, and established with their consent, to advance their happiness; and they may for this end, as circumstances require, from time to time, alter their Constitution of government.

    It has been in effect since its adoption on June 4, 1897.

    It has 17 Articles and was most recently amended in 1995.

    The Executive Branch
    150 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. South 2nd Floor, Dover, DE 19901

    Executive Power

    The supreme executive powers of the state shall be vested in a Governor.

    Executive officials in Delaware are part of a three-pronged government structure that includes state legislators and state judges.

    Delaware Executive Offices
  • The Governor (Elected)
  • The Lieutenant Governor (Elected)
  • The Attorney General (Elected)
  • The Secretary Of State (Elected)
  • The Treasurer (Elected)
  • Legislative Branch
    411 Legislative Ave, Dover, DE 19901

    Legislative Power

    The legislative power of this State shall be vested in a General Assembly, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.

    The General Assembly is composed of the Delaware State Senate with 21 Senators and the Delaware House of Representatives with 41 Representatives.

    Members are elected from single member districts, all apportioned to roughly equal populations after each U.S. census. Elections are held the first Tuesday after November 1st and about one half of the Senate is elected every two years for a four year term, and the entire House of Representatives is elected every two years for a two year term.

    Judicial Branch
    The Supreme Court consists of a chief justice and four justices

    Judicial Power

    The judicial power of this state shall be vested in a supreme court, a Superior Court, a Court of Chancery, a Family Court, a Court of Common Pleas, a Register's Court, Justices of the Peace, and such other courts as the General Assembly, with the concurrence of two-thirds of all the Members elected to each House, shall have by law established prior to the time this amended Article IV of this Constitution becomes effective or shall from time to time by law establish after such time.

    The supreme court consists of a chief justice and four justices who are nominated by the governor and confirmed by the Delaware State Senate.

    Three of the justices must represent one of the major political parties while the other two justices must be members of the other major political party.

    Delaware Current Partisan Composition
    State Representatives(41)
    (25)(16)
    State Senators(21)
    (12)(9)
    US Representatives(1)
    (1)
    US Senators(2)
    (2)
    State Executives
    Governor
    Lt. Governor
    Att. General
    Sec. Of State

    State Officials Terms, Authority,Salary, and Qualitications

    Delaware Executive Offices
    The Governor
    Authority

    The state constitution addresses the office of the governor in Article III, the Executive Department.

    Qualifications

    The governor shall be at least thirty years of age, and have been a citizen and inhabitant of the United States twelve years next before the day of his or her election, and the last six years of that term an inhabitant of this State, unless he or she shall have been absent on public business of the United States or of this State.

    Election

    The governor shall be chosen by the qualified electors of the state, once in every four years, at the general election.

    Term of Office

    The governor shall hold his or her office during four years from the third Tuesday in January next ensuing his or her election; and shall not be elected a third time to said office.

    Limit on Tenure

    Term limits 2 terms.

    Salary

    $171,000

    Qualification age

    The governor shall be at least thirty years of age.

    The Lieutenant Governor
    Authority

    The state constitution addresses the office of the lieutenant governor in Article III, the Executive Department.

    Qualifications

    He or she shall possess the same qualifications of eligibility for office as the Governor; he or she shall be President of the Senate, but shall have no vote unless the Senate be equally divided.

    Election

    A Lieutenant-Governor shall be chosen at the same time, in the same manner, for the same term, and subject to the same provisions as the Governor.

    Term of Office

    Length of term Four years.

    Limit on Tenure

    Delaware's lieutenant governor is subject to a lifetime limit of two terms in office

    Salary

    Qualification age

    the governor must be at 30 years old.

    The Attorney General
    Authority

    The office of attorney general is mentioned in the state constitution, but its powers are formally enumerated in statute

    Qualifications

    There are no required qualifications for the office of attorney general.

    Election

    These officers shall be chosen by the qualified electors of the State at general elections, and be commissioned by the Governor.

    Term of Office

    The terms of the Office of the Attorney General, the Insurance Commissioner, the Auditor of Accounts and the State Treasurer shall be 4 years

    Limit on Tenure

    Attorneys general do not face any term limits.

    Salary

    $145,707

    Qualification age

    The Secretary Of State
    Authority

    He or she shall keep a fair register of all the official acts and proceedings of the governor, and shall, when required by either House of the General Assembly lay the same, and all papers, minutes and vouchers, relative thereto, before such House, and shall perform such other duties as shall be enjoined upon him or her by law. He or she shall have a compensation for his or her service to be fixed by law

    Qualifications

    There are no specific qualifications for this office

    Election

    Term of Office

    Length of term,Serves at the pleasure of the governor.

    Limit on Tenure

    There are no term limits associated with the office.

    Salary

    $128,090

    Qualification age

    The Treasurer
    Authority

    The terms of the office of the Attorney General, the Insurance Commissioner, the Auditor of Accounts and the State Treasurer shall be four years. These officers shall be chosen by the qualified electors of the State at general elections, and be commissioned by the governor

    Qualifications

    There are no particular qualifications for the office of treasurer.

    Election

    Treasurers are elected every four years during federal midterm elections

    Term of Office

    treasurers are elected every four years

    Limit on Tenure

    There are no term limits for the office of treasurer.

    Salary

    $113,874

    Qualification age

    Delaware State Congress
    The State House
    Authority

    The Speaker of the House presides over the House of Representatives. The Speaker is elected by the majority party caucus followed by confirmation of the full House through the passage of a House Resolution. The Speaker is the chief leadership position of the body.

    Qualifications

    No person shall be a Representative who shall not have attained the age of twenty-four years, and have been a citizen and inhabitant of the State three years next preceding the day of his or her election, and the last year of that term an inhabitant of the Representative District in which he or she shall be chosen, unless he or she shall have been absent on the public business of the United States or of this State.

    Election

    Members are elected from single member districts, all apportioned to roughly equal populations after each U.S. census.

    Term of Office

    House of Representatives is elected every two years for a two year term.

    Limit on Tenure

    There is no limit to the number of terms.

    Salary

    $44,541/year.

    Qualification age

    The State Senate
    Authority

    The Delaware State Senate is the upper house of the Delaware General Assembly, which is the State Legislature of Delaware.

    Qualifications

    No person shall be a Senator who shall not have attained the age of twenty-seven years and have been a citizen and inhabitant of the State three years next preceding the day of his or her election and the last year of that term an inhabitant of the Senatorial District in which he or she shall be chosen, unless he or she shall have been absent on the public business of the United States or of this State

    Election

    The first Senators elected from the Sixth Senatorial Districts of Kent and Sussex Counties shall serve for a two year term only, thereafter their successors shall serve for a full four year term.

    Term of Office

    The senate includes 21 state senators who are elected from single-member districts to a four-year term.

    Limit on Tenure

    Delaware Senators are not subject to term limits.

    Salary

    $44,541/year.

    Qualification age

    Delaware State Courts
    The Supreme Court
    Authority

    Qualifications

    There shall be five Justices of the Supreme Court who shall be citizens of the state and learned in the law. One of them shall be the Chief Justice who shall be designated as such by his or her appointment and who when present shall preside at all sittings of the Court.

    Election

    Term of Office

    For the term of 12 years each.

    Limit on Tenure

    Salary

    Qualification age

    The Superior Court
    Authority

    The President Judge of the Superior Court and the Judges thereof shall compose the Superior Court, as hereinafter prescribed. In each of the said courts the president judge when present shall preside, and in his or her absence the senior judge present shall preside.

    Qualifications

    Election

    For the term of 12 years each.

    Term of Office

    Limit on Tenure

    Salary

    Qualification age

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