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Early voting among bills Gov. Carney signs as 2019 legislative session ends

Delaware Public Media

Early voting is now law in Delaware, but it won’t go into effect until 2022.

Gov. John Carney (D) signed the legislation sponsored by State Rep. David Bentz (D-Bear) Sunday.  It allows people to vote up to 10 days before an election, including the weekend before.

Carney says he hopes it will increase the number of people who vote.

“And we know in our country, in our state, not nearly as many people as ought to vote actually vote,” said Carney.

The early voting bill was one of a handful Carney signed on the last day of session this year.

He also signed measures allowing more people to get criminal records expunged and raising the state’s unemployment compensation to $400 per week, along with legislation giving the Delaware Family Court jurisdiction over all name change petitions for minors.

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