Legislation allowing early voting in Delaware has died in the state Senate, more than a week after it was declared to have passed the House despite falling short of the two-thirds vote requirement. The Democratic Senate majority leader announced late Saturday that the bill would not be considered on the final night of this year’s legislative session because it did not have enough votes.
The bill would have allowed in-person early voting for at least 10 days prior to elections for statewide, county and city of Wilmington offices. The bill, which would have taken effect in 2022, called for at least one polling place in each county and one in Wilmington, a Democratic stronghold.
Lawmakers were informed Saturday that the bill required a supermajority because it amended Wilmington’s municipal charter.