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Copyright www.flags.net/UNST.htm Delaware
Governor:1(Term Limit: No one can serve more than 2 4-year terms in a lifetime)
Senators:2(Electoral Classes 1 and 2)
2000 Census:785,068 (0.28% of 281,998,273)
2004, 2008 Electors:3(0.56% of 538)
2002-2010 Representatives:1(0.23% of 435)
2010 Census:900,877 (0.29% of 309,785,186)
2012, 2016, 2020 Electors:3(0.56% of 538)
2012-2020 Representatives:1(0.23% of 435)
Capital:Dover
 

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States Alphabetically    Current Delaware Statewide Office Holders


Official Name/Status   All States
 The STATE of Delaware
 Full Official Name: the Delaware State (1776-1792) [name changed to current one by 2nd Constitution]
 Status: STATE of the Union
 Ratified Articles of Confederation: 1 February 1779. this State formally adhered to the Articles on 5 May 1779 when the document was signed by its delegates to the Seventh Continental Congress
 Ratified Constitution of the United States: 7 December 1787
  The 1st state.

Traditional Sections and Regions   All States
 Section: NORTHEAST
 Region: Mid-Atlantic
 Survey: Metes & Bounds

Constitutions   All States     Links to State Constitutions
 Enabling Act: [None. One of the 13 original States which declared their independence from the nascent British Empire on 4 July 1776]
 
1st (1776-1792) [Adopted: 10 September 1776 Convention convened, 27 August 1776, Ratified: 21 September 1776 not submitted to the People: date is that on which this Constitution was proclaimed]
2nd (1792-1831) [Adopted: 12 June 1792 Convention convened earlier in June 1792, Ratified: 12 June 1792 not submitted to the People]
3rd (1831-1897) [Adopted: 2 December 1831 Convention convened, 8 November 1831, Ratified: 2 December 1831 not submitted to the People]
4th (1897-) [Adopted: 4 June 1897 Convention convened, 1 December 1896, Ratified: 4 June 1897 not submitted to the People; effective, 10 June 1897]


Executive Branch   All States
 
Chief Executive
  PRESIDENT (1776-1792) [under the State's 1st Constitution]
  GOVERNOR (1792--) [under the State's 2nd, 3rd and 4th Constitutions]
Successor to a Vacancy
  Speaker of the Legislative Council (1776-1792) [under State's 1st Constitution: would merely become "acting President"; next in line of succession: Speaker of the House of Assembly]
  Speaker of the State Senate (1792-1897) [under the State's 2nd and 3rd Constitutions: would merely become "acting Governor"; next in line of succession: Speaker of the State House of Representatives]
  Lieutenant Governor (1897--) [under State's 4th Constitution; next in the line of succession: Secretary of State, then Attorney General, President pro Tempore of the State Senate, Speaker of the State House of Representatives]
 
 
Major Executive Officers Elected Statewide   All States   2017 Office holders
  Governor: 4 year term, Election Cycle: 2016, 2020. Term Limit: No one can serve more than 2 4-year terms in a lifetime
  Lieutenant Governor: 4 year term, Election Cycle: 2016, 2020. Elected separately from Governor
  Attorney General: 4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018
  Treasurer: 4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018
  Auditor: 4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018
  Commissioner of Insurance: 4 year term, Election Cycle: 2016, 2020

Legislative Branch   All States
 
Legislature
  GENERAL ASSEMBLY
 
Upper House
  [Legislative] Council (1776-1792)
  Senate (1792--) [Name changed with the adoption of the State's 2nd Constitution]
Lower House
  [House of] Assembly (1776-1792)
  House of Representatives (1792--) [Name changed with the adoption of the State's 2nd Constitution]

Judicial Branch   All States
 
Court of Last Resort
  Court of Appeals (1776-1792) Constitutional Court [IN and FOR: State]
  High Court of Errors and Appeals (1792-1831) Constitutional Court [IN and FOR: State]
  Court of Errors and Appeals (1831-1897) Constitutional Court [IN and FOR: State]
  Supreme Court (1897--) Constitutional Court [IN and FOR: State]
 
General Trial Jurisdiction
  Supreme Court (1776-1831) Constitutional Court [IN and FOR: State]
  Court of Quarter Sessions of the Peace and Gaol Delivery (1792-1831) Constitutional Court [IN: State FOR: county]
  Court of General Sessions of the Peace and General Jail-Delivery (1831-1897) Constitutional Court [IN: State FOR: county]
  Superior Court (1831--) Constitutional Court [IN: State FOR: county]
  Court of General Sessions (1897-1951) Constitutional Court [IN: State FOR: county. Functions of Court of General Sessions (principally a criminal court) transferred to Superior Court (heretofore principally a civil court)]
 
Limited Jurisdiction
  Justices of the Peace Constitutional Court [IN: county FOR: hundred, later: district]
  Alderman's Court Statutory Court [IN and FOR: municipality]
  Court of Common Pleas (1776-1792) Constitutional Court [IN and FOR: county]
  Court of Common Pleas (1792-1831) Constitutional Court [IN and FOR: State]
  Court of Common Pleas (1831--) Statutory Court [IN: State FOR: county]
Special Jurisdiction
  Wilmington Municipal Court (--1998) Statutory Court [IN and FOR: City of Wilmington. In 1998, all jurisdiction exercised by the Municipal Court of Wilmington was transferred to the Justice of the Peace Courts already having jurisdiction in that city]
  Orphans' Court (1776-1975) Constitutional Court [IN: State FOR: county]
  Court of Oyer and Terminer and General Gaol-Delivery (1792-1831) Constitutional Court [IN: State FOR: county]
  Chancery Court (1792--) Constitutional Court [IN: State FOR: county]
  Register's Court (1792-1975) Constitutional Court [IN and FOR: county]
  Court of Oyer and Terminer (1831-1951) Constitutional Court [IN: State FOR: county. Functions of Court of Oyer and Terminer (which heard cases involving the most serious crimes) transferred to Superior Court along with functions of Court of General Sessions]
  Family Court (1977--) Statutory Court [IN and FOR: county]


Local Government
 
   
PRIMARY CIVIL DIVISION  All States
  County [Type: Strong, Executive and Legislative: LEVY COURT]
 MINOR CIVIL DIVISION  All States
   hundred [Type: Vestigial, Executive and Legislative: no associated governmental structure. The hundred was once the unit re: Delaware's Justices of the Peace (it was also used for a time as the basis of representation in the General Assembly); although, for the most part, defunct (it still functions relative to locating property re: legal title to land), the hundred remains Delaware's traditional subdivision of the county.]
 
Incorporated Municipalities  All States
  City [Separated from MCD: ---, Population requirement(s): none, Form(s) of government: chartered by special act of General Assembly]
  Town [Separated from MCD: ---, Population requirement(s): none, Form(s) of government: chartered by special act of General Assembly]
  Village [Separated from MCD: ---, Population requirement(s): none, Form(s) of government: chartered by special act of General Assembly]
  Borough (1999-2001) [Separated from MCD: Yes, Population requirement(s): population, Form(s) of government: forms]
 
Localities
    Delaware Civil Divisions and Municipalities
   

Key Statewide / Federal Officials  All States
  Delaware Officials

Statutory Election Information   All States
 
General Election   All States
  (1792-1831) annual: 1st Tuesday of October
[per DE Constitution of 1792]
  (1832-1854) biennial: 2d Tuesday of November
[per DE Constitution of 1831]
  (1856--) biennial: Tuesday next after 1st Monday in November [DELAWARE Constitution, Article V. Elections, §1: incorporating an Amendment to an earlier DE Constitution]
Presidential Primary   All States
  (--2011) ... a presidential primary election for major political parties shall be conducted on the first Tuesday in February in the calendar year of a presidential election. [Delaware Code, Title 15, Chapter 31, Subchapter V. § 3181 (a)]
  (2011--) ... a presidential primary election for major political parties shall be conducted on the fourth Tuesday in April in the calendar year of a presidential election. [Delaware Code, Title 15, Chapter 31, Subchapter V. §3181 (a)]
State Primary   All States
  Primary elections for all political parties shall be conducted on the 2nd Tuesday after the 1st Monday in September, except in 2018, when said elections shall be conducted on 6 September 2018. [Delaware Code, Title 15, Chapter 31, §3101 (3)]. [If the date is a holiday, the election is held 1 week earlier -Ed]
Polling times   All States
  The general election shall be opened in every election district at 7:00 in the morning... [Delaware Code, Title 15, Chapter 49, §4931]. The election shall be continued open until 8:00 p.m. when it shall be closed... [Delaware Code, Title 15, Chapter 49, §4947].
The time for opening the polls for the purpose of conducting a primary election shall be 7:00 in the morning, and the time for closing the polls at such primary election shall be 8:00 in the evening. [Delaware Code, Title 15, Chapter 31, Subchapter I. §3104]


Links  Links to other web sites
 
Constitution    All States
  State of Delaware Online Constitution, Delaware Code, and Administrative Code
  The Delaware Constitution of 1897 as amended
Election Authority
  Commissioner of Elections for the State of Delaware
Legislature    All States
  Delaware General Assembly
Democratic
  Delaware Democratic Party
Republican
  The Republican State Committee of Delaware
Third Party
  Constitution Party of Delaware
  Independent Party of Delaware
  Independent Party of Delaware
  The Blue Enigma Party
  The Green Party of Delaware
Media & others
  Cape Gazette - Lewes
  Delaware Coast Press - Salisbury
  Delaware Grapevine
  Delaware Liberal
  Delaware State News - Dover
  Delaware Wave - Bethany Beach
  delawareonline.com - Wilmington - New Castle - Georgetown
  DelawarePolitics.net
  delmarvanow.com - Delmarva Peninsula
  Dover Post
  Newark Post - Elkton
  Politics1.com - Delaware
  Smyrna/Clayton Sun-Times - Smyrna
  The Daily Times - Salisbury
  The Middletown Transcript
  The Sussex Countian - Georgetown
  Wake Up Delaware
  WBOC TV - CBS, UPN - Salisbury
  WDEL AM - Wilmington
  WDOV AM - FOX - Dover
  WGMD FM - Lewes - Rehoboth
  WILM AM - Wilmington
  WMDT TV - ABC - Salisbury
 
 


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