If there is an issue that you think should become a law, you don’t have to wait until your state legislature agrees with you. You can let the voters decide by filing a ballot initiative. Your direct action can qualify your measure to be on the ballot in the next statewide election.
Last updated on: December 20, 2020
The following is a brief overview of the ballot initiative process in the state of Delaware. Currently, out of all the states, Delaware allows the least amount of voter participation in legislation.
State-Level Ballot Initiatives
There is no allowance for the initiative process at the state level. Additionally, they do not require popular approval of constitutional amendments.
Local Ballot Initiatives in Delaware
There are only two towns in Delaware that have allowances for the initiative process: Delaware City and Newport.
Delaware City requires a number of signatures equal to 25% of voters in the previous municipal election. Signatures must come from registered voters. Article XIII of the city’s charter contains more specifics regarding initiatives.
Similarly, Newport requires a number of signatures equal to 25% of voters in the previous municipal election. Signatures in Newport must also come from registered voters. An initiative requires two-thirds votes for approval in order to be adopted. Article XIII of the city’s charter contains more details about ballot initiatives.
When you’re ready to file a ballot initiative in Delaware, let us know.