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Bill Would Require School Board Elections to be Done by Mail

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A bill filed at legislative hall could mandate all school board elections be done by mail-in ballots. (Photo: WBOC file) A bill filed at legislative hall could mandate all school board elections be done by mail-in ballots. (Photo: WBOC file)
A polling place that could soon not include names of school board members on its ballots. (Photo: WBOC file) A polling place that could soon not include names of school board members on its ballots. (Photo: WBOC file)

DOVER, Del.- Delaware lawmakers heard a bill today that would mandate that all school board elections in Delaware be done by mail.

Voters would no longer be able to go to the polls and vote for a school board member. The bill's sponsors say the intention is to increase voter participation. They also say it can do away with improper campaigning, because a lot of voting is done in actual schools.

The legislation also requires that school board elections and referendums be held on the second Tuesday of May.

WBOC spoke with parents about this issue Wednesday. The Delaware Parent Teacher's Association is not taking an official stance on the matter just yet. Some members do say, though, that they would never support an effort that seeks to infringe on local control when it comes to how cities involve their communities in schools.

Some voters say it would not change the way they vote. Kim Gaines from Dover says she votes in every school board election.

"I personally don't find it inconvenient to take the time to go vote," she said. "I can understand why some people might use the ballots more if they were in the mail. But then you have to think of the increased costs in that, as well."

Nancy McRobie also votes in school elections, and she does not see it as a way to increase voter participation.

"I don't think it would make a difference," she said. "I think either way you would still get the same amount of people voting."

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