Delaware Democrats will have to wait a few more months before they can vote for one of their own in the state’s presidential primary.
The vote originally scheduled for April 4 has now been moved to June 2, as a result of a modification of Governor John Carney’s State of Emergency declaration.
By that time, there may not even be a need for a primary vote, in the event US Senator Bernie Sanders has already dropped out of the race against front runner and former vice president Joe Biden.
Carney made the decision today as part of a continuing group of measures intended to protect public health and support those in need during the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19). Today’s sixth modification also suspends residential foreclosures and evictions.
The order goes into effect at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 25. It will remain in effect until May 15 or until the public health threat is eliminated.
Carney said the change in election day will provide ample time for Delawareans to vote by absentee ballot in the event the health crisis is still severe. He also said the suspension of foreclosures and evictions would help people under duress from financial pressures brought by a statewide shutdown of non-essential businesses.
Carney’s order prevents landlords from evicting Delawareans from their homes during this crisis. Other key elements of the order include:
- Landlords also may not charge late fees or interest during the State of Emergency.
- Lenders are prohibited from commencing foreclosures during this period. Residential mortgage foreclosures that began prior to Governor Carney’s State of Emergency declaration will not move forward until the 31st day following the termination of the Governor’s emergency declaration, at the earliest.
- Residential utility service companies are banned from terminating service or charging fees for late payments for services.
- All elections for school board members in any Delaware school district scheduled for May 12 are delayed until June 16 under Governor Carney’s updated order on Tuesday.
- The order also states that social distancing due to COVID-19 is a valid reason to vote by absentee ballot.
Additional details about local elections, school district referendums, evictions, foreclosures, and utilities are available in the text of the order.