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Early voting and Del Tech bonding clear General Assembly

Delaware Public Media

Legislation instituting early voting in Delaware and giving Delaware Tech help with deferred maintenance is on its way to Gov. John Carney.

The Delaware House Thursday passed a bill giving Delaware Tech bonding authority. It also asks lawmakers to give the school $10 million annually over the next five years for deferred maintenance. That would go into a fund Del Tech could use as revenue to issue the bonds, along with money from tuition, grants and federal support. The state would be required the buy bonds issued and hold the promissory note on the debt.

Lawmakers defeated an amendment proposed by Republican State Rep. Lyndon Yearick that would assess students a fee of up to $150 per semester for the fund. It would have charged a fee of $10 per credit.

Del Tech President Mark Brainard said he’s confident Carney will sign the legislation.

“The governor has said all along that he supports what we’re trying to do," he said. "In fact, this version of the legislation is more in-line with his original thinking.”

Early voting also passed its final legislative hurdle in the state Senate Thursday. It establishes a 10-day early voting period.

But early voting will not be available in the 2020 presidential race. It will go into effect in 2022.

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