On lines 130 and 131, it clearly states how the law affects the minor parties.
Delaware State News readers should not misinterpret Mr. Salender's Statement.
This new law does not mean we only need to have individuals sign a petition and the signers will be able to
remain registered to their current political party. i.e. Democrat or Republican party.
When I read the article, unless I knew the wording of the law, I would be led to misunderstand the voters only
needed to sign a petition, and could remain registered as a member of another party other then the minor
parties the new law affects. Primarily the Constitution Party of Delaware.
Brian Selander either is unaware of the law, or he is purposely misleading Delawareans.
Mr. Selander stated:
"Remember that isn’t 612 that are committing to even vote for the party this is just 612 signatures
that say they would like to see that party get status on a ballot...."
HB 234 Section 38.
"Amend §3001, Title 15 of the Delaware Code by striking the figure “5/100” and substituting the
figure “10/100” in lieu thereof. "
This is the number of registered members required of the minor parties to remain on the Ballot.
"... In a state of several hundred of thousand it does not seem to be an insurmountable obstacle by
any stretch of the imagination.”
This "obsticle" requires the minor party to double the amount of registered voters, during an election year,
where nothing is required of the two major parties. The same actions were found in others states such as
California as illegal.
Jack Markell and the states legislatures purposefully manipulated the ballot access illegally in accordance to
rulings on similar actions in other states like California.
Earl Lofland for Congress, 2010
Kent County Constitution Party
383 Oak Point School Rd
Wyoming, DE 19934
Phone:302 492 3733
Minor Parties impacted by new law
Statute requires more support to get on ballot
By Logan B. Anderson Delaware State News.
Dover- Governor Jack A. Markell recently signed into law a bill that made changes to the state’s Department
of Elections and adds an increased burden to minor political parties seeking to get on an election Day ballot
*(The new law) changes a lot of irrelevant antiquated ways of doing business * State Election Commissioner
Elaine Manlove said.
Enacted Feb 1, the new regulations change some position titles and updated election staff compensation
terms and how the county boards of elections schedule their meetings.
The greatest impact of the new law will be felt by third party political candidates – the law will
requires those parties that want to be on the ballot to have supporting signatures from at least 612
“It raises the threshold for third party candidate. In the 2008 elections, I believe the number was
286 people. That’s really not a burden to go beyond that.” Mrs. Manlove said.
One group, the Constitution Party of Delaware disagrees.
“I am very upset; it violates due process by doing this so late in the game. With this being an election year.
Now we have to double our membership. This only affected three out of seven minor parties, ours being one
of them, it doesn’t affect the Democrats or the Republicans, said Earl Lofland, potential Constitution Party of
Delaware Candidate for U.S. House of Representatives.
If his party cannot gain the support needed by mind August, the deadline detailed in the new
statute., he will not be allowed on the ballot.
“We had no clue. They did this under wraps; where nobody knew they passed this law. We had no
clue. When we found out, it was done on Feb 1. We were just stumped.” Said Patti Brown, Treasurer for Earl
Lofland for Congress.
The Constitution Party of Delaware Currently has only 300 members.
“For us, if all the parties out there got ballot status at the same time, I don’t know where we would
put them on the ballot. So this just makes it a little more difficult to get party status” Ms. Manlove said.
In 2008 Mrs Manlove said, a small unidentified party that had candidates for many offices
throughout the state withdrew their party’s bid for those seats at the last minute. That action caused the
Department of Elections extra money and staffing hours because it had to remove the party from the ballots
“Election time is a crunch and the last thing you need is to change every machine statewide at the
last minute.” She said.
The minor Party candidates have until Aug. 24 to increase the numbers and submit their bids for ballot status.
Mrs Manlove said she hasn’t received any complaints about the new regulations. There are a
number of things the bill did that made a lot of sense. Certanly, to be given the status of an official party on a
ballot it does not seem like an insurmountable obstacle to ask people to get 612 signatures to achieve ballot
status.” Said Brian Selander, Chief strategy officer for Gov. Markell.
“Remember that isn’t 6`2 that are committing to even vote for the party this is just 612 signatures
that say they would like to see that party get status on a ballot. In a state of several hundred of thousand it
does not seem to be an insurmountable obstacle by any stretch of the imagination.”
According to the state election commissioner, Delaware has 611,000 registered voters.
Staff writer Logan B. Anderson can be reached at 741 8230 or firstname.lastname@example.org