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League of Women Voters offers online guide to school board elections

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Delaware Public Media
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Delaware’s League of Women Voters has a user-friendly guide to help guide First State residents through upcoming school board elections.

School districts across the state hold their school board elections May 11, 2021.

And the League’s Vote411 website offers candidate biographies, a list of polling places and a list of candidate forums.

 

“The tool includes the candidates’ background," said chair of the League's voting and elections initiativeJill Itzkowitz. "It also includes - we ask questions to the candidates and it gives their opinions on the future of school boards, what they envision the future should be.”

The League wants to highlight these elections because they historically have very low turnout.

Itzkowitz says that’s a serious issue.

 

“It’s problematic because school boards do a lot of things," said Itzkowitz. "They organize what your children will do in school. And they were very important during this pandemic because they were the ones that had to make decisions on whether our children should be in school.”

This year, residents in 10 districts go to the polls to decide 13 open school board seats.  

 

In all, 30 candidates are running in districts including Appoquinimink, Brandywine, Caesar Rodney, Colonial, Christina, Lake Forest, Laurel, Milford, Red Clay, Smyrna, and Woodbridge.