Delaware Governor Jack Markell has sent a veto message to the House of Representatives explaining why he vetoed part of a law that reformed municipal elections.
The Governor vetoed House Substitute #1 to House Bill 33, which would have permitted Delaware’s Election Commissioner to invalidate the results of a municipal election or cancel an election. Local councils would have been given the ability to appoint candidates to municipal office in the event of a tie at the polls. “HS 1 to HB 33 does clarify the law in some important respects. However, after careful review I have concluded that HS 1 to HB 33 has the potential to introduce further uncertainty and dispute into the municipal election process,” Governor Markell said. Lawmakers passed the bill after a year in which a Delaware City election ended in a tie and there was no provision to settle the deadlock. Another municipal election had to be canceled due to a snowstorm. Markell said he would continue to work with lawmakers, local governments, the Department of Elections and the Attorney General’s office on municipal election reforms.