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Accessible Voting Available for July 7th Presidential PrimaryDate Posted: July 1, 2020
DELAWARE TEAMS EARN TOP HONORS IN GIRLS GO CYBERSTARTDate Posted: July 1, 2020
Governor Carney Issues Modification to State of EmergencyDate Posted: June 30, 2020
Public Health Announces 98 Additional Positive Cases of COVID-19 in Delaware; 2 New DeathsDate Posted: June 30, 2020
New Limits Set for Beaches at Delaware State Parks Starting This WeekendDate Posted: June 30, 2020
DelDOT Announces Opening of New Christina River Bridge and Approach Roads at Wilmington RiverfrontDate Posted: June 30, 2020
All New Castle County Quarantined As Spotted Lanternfly Move SouthDate Posted: June 30, 2020
2020 Urban and Community Forestry GrantsDate Posted: June 30, 2020
Whipping Post to be Removed from Public DisplayDate Posted: June 30, 2020
June 30, 2020: COVID-19 BriefingDate Posted: June 30, 2020
El SNAP de Delaware Otorgará Beneficios de Emergencia Adicionales A Partir del 30 de JunioDate Posted: June 29, 2020
Public Health Announces 150 Additional Positive Cases of COVID-19 in Delaware; No New DeathsDate Posted: June 29, 2020
Division of Public Health Announces 135 Additional Positive Cases of COVID-19, No New DeathsDate Posted: June 28, 2020
COVID-19 Testing Set for Beach Area after Additional Cases IdentifiedDate Posted: June 28, 2020
Delaware Agregado al Programa Piloto de Compras en Línea de SNAPDate Posted: June 28, 2020
Delaware SNAP to Issue Additional Emergency Benefits Starting June 30Date Posted: June 28, 2020
Public Health Announces 74 Additional Positive Cases of COVID-19 in Delaware, No New DeathsDate Posted: June 27, 2020
Public Health Announces 78 New Positive Cases of COVID-19 in Delaware, No New DeathsDate Posted: June 26, 2020
Main Street Newark Project CompletedDate Posted: June 26, 2020
Declaration of Independence to be read aloud in front of Dover, Del.’s Old State House on July 4, 2020Date Posted: June 26, 2020
Treasurer Davis Says Now is the Time to Review Savings PlansDate Posted: June 26, 2020
Public Health Announces 42 Additional Cases, 1 New DeathDate Posted: June 25, 2020
Governor Carney’s Statement on Voting by Mail LegislationDate Posted: June 25, 2020
STATEMENT: Governor Carney Announces Delay in Phase 3 of Economic ReopeningDate Posted: June 25, 2020
Public Health Announces 91 Additional Positive Cases of COVID-19, 2 New DeathsDate Posted: June 25, 2020
Governor Carney Signs Executive Order on Law Enforcement Policy  Date Posted: June 25, 2020
Governor Carney Issues Statement on General Assembly Passage of Fiscal Year 2021 BudgetDate Posted: June 24, 2020
Department Of Insurance Renews National AccreditationDate Posted: June 24, 2020
Delaware Senate confirms Collins to lead Aglands Preservation Foundation Board of TrusteesDate Posted: June 23, 2020
Governor Carney Issues Statement on Senate ConfirmationsDate Posted: June 23, 2020
Public Health Announces 27 Additional Positive Cases of COVID-19 in DelawareDate Posted: June 23, 2020
June 23, 2020 – COVID19 Press BriefingDate Posted: June 23, 2020
Public Health Announces 45 Additional Positive Cases of COVID-19 in Delaware, No New DeathsDate Posted: June 22, 2020
Rehabilitation work underway at Lewes’ Zwaanendael MuseumDate Posted: June 22, 2020
Public Health Announces 94 Additional Positive Cases of COVID-19; 1 New DeathDate Posted: June 21, 2020
Public Health Announces 70 Additional Positive Cases of COVID-19, 1 New DeathDate Posted: June 20, 2020
Public Health Encourages COVID-19 Testing for Teens Participating in Senior Week Activities Following Positive CasesDate Posted: June 20, 2020
Public Health Announces Increase in Positive Cases of COVID-19, 2 New DeathsDate Posted: June 19, 2020
Governor Carney Announces Additional Interim Steps for Phase 2Date Posted: June 19, 2020
Transportation Infrastructure Investment Fund Council Makes First RecommendationsDate Posted: June 19, 2020
Public Health Announces 55 Additional Positive Cases of COVID-19, 5 New DeathsDate Posted: June 18, 2020
Statement from Attorney General Jennings on Governor Carney’s executive order announcementDate Posted: June 18, 2020
Delaware Aglands Program Ranks Second in the United States for Preserving FarmlandDate Posted: June 18, 2020
Governor Carney Closes State of Delaware Offices in Honor of JuneteenthDate Posted: June 18, 2020
Delaware Added to SNAP Online Purchasing Pilot ProgramDate Posted: June 17, 2020
DART Launches “Stuff the Bus” Food Drive to Support Food Bank of DE June 22 – June 26Date Posted: June 17, 2020
Delaware Graduation Rates at Highest Level in a DecadeDate Posted: June 17, 2020
Public Health Announces 41 Additional Positive COVID-19 Cases Among Delawareans; 2 New DeathsDate Posted: June 17, 2020
Governor Carney Announces Leadership Changes at Department of Health and Social ServicesDate Posted: June 16, 2020
Suspected Overdose Deaths for May in Delaware Tie Previous Monthly High Set in 2018Date Posted: June 16, 2020
Public Health Announces 63 Additional Cases of COVID-19 in Delaware, 1 New DeathDate Posted: June 16, 2020
June 16, 2020 – COVID-19 BriefingDate Posted: June 16, 2020
Public Health Announces 76 Additional Positive Cases of COVID-19, 1 More DeathDate Posted: June 15, 2020
Public Health Announces 35 Additional Positive COVID-19 Cases Among Delawareans; 3 New DeathsDate Posted: June 14, 2020
Nominations Open for 2020 Young Environmentalist AwardsDate Posted: June 12, 2020
Public Health Announces No New Deaths From COVID-19 in Delaware, 67 more Positive CasesDate Posted: June 12, 2020
June 12, 2020 – COVID-19 BriefingDate Posted: June 12, 2020
Public Health Announces 50 Additional Positive Cases of COVID-19 in Delaware, 1 More DeathDate Posted: June 11, 2020
Delaware Building Energy Codes Receive UpdateDate Posted: June 11, 2020
Governor Carney Announces Judicial NominationsDate Posted: June 11, 2020
Delaware Libraries Launch 2020 Summer Reading ProgramDate Posted: June 11, 2020
Public Health Announces 36 More Positive COVID-19 Cases Among Delawareans; 3 New DeathsDate Posted: June 10, 2020
Delaware Division of the Arts Awards $443,000 in CARES Act Relief FundsDate Posted: June 10, 2020
The Mezzanine Gallery to Exhibit “The Pandemic Paintings” by Theresa WaltonDate Posted: June 10, 2020
Nominations Open for Delaware’s Compassionate Champion AwardDate Posted: June 9, 2020
Delaware Surpasses 10,000 Positive Cases of COVID-19Date Posted: June 9, 2020
Delaware growers allowed to use up existing dicamba stockDate Posted: June 9, 2020
Delaware’s Triple-A Bond Ratings ReaffirmedDate Posted: June 9, 2020
Delaware surf-fishing permits are sold out after reaching annual capDate Posted: June 9, 2020
June 9, 2020 – COVID-19 BriefingDate Posted: June 8, 2020
Public Health Announces 30 More Positive Cases of COVID-19 in Delaware, No New DeathsDate Posted: June 8, 2020
Public Health Announces 97 Additional Positive COVID-19 Cases Among Delawareans; 8 New DeathsDate Posted: June 7, 2020
Governor Carney Formally Extends State of EmergencyDate Posted: June 6, 2020
Public Health Announces 72 Additional Positive COVID-19 Cases Among Delawareans; 2 New DeathsDate Posted: June 6, 2020
Public Health Announces 27 Additional COVID-19 Positive Cases Among Delawareans; 2 New DeathsDate Posted: June 5, 2020
June 5, 2020 – COVID-19 BriefingDate Posted: June 5, 2020
Public Health Announces 34 More Positive Cases of COVID-19, 11 New Deaths of DelawareansDate Posted: June 4, 2020
Herring Point, beaches at Cape Henlopen State Park closed to surfing, swimming due to possible shark biteDate Posted: June 4, 2020
State Releases Preliminary Look at Health Care Spending in 2018Date Posted: June 4, 2020
DNREC announces 15,500 surf-fishing permits issued this year, restricts sales locationsDate Posted: June 3, 2020
Public Health Announces 27 Additional Positive COVID-19 Cases Among Delawareans and 2 New DeathsDate Posted: June 3, 2020
Public Health Announces 80 Additional COVID-19 Cases Among Delawareans and 5 New DeathsDate Posted: June 2, 2020
Governor Carney Announces Phase 2 of Delaware’s Economic Reopening to Begin on June 15Date Posted: June 2, 2020
Statement from Attorney General Jennings on violence in Washington, D.C.Date Posted: June 2, 2020
June 2, 2020 – COVID-19 BriefingDate Posted: June 2, 2020
Governor Carney Creates Pandemic Resurgence Advisory CommitteeDate Posted: June 1, 2020
State to Begin Coronavirus Testing at Wilmington High-Rise Buildings on June 2Date Posted: June 1, 2020
Public Health Announces 107 Additional Positive Cases of COVID-19 in Delaware, 2 More DeathsDate Posted: June 1, 2020
Delaware’s State Museums Reopening With Self-Guided ToursDate Posted: June 1, 2020
Public Health Announces 76 Additional Positive COVID-19 Cases Among Delawareans; 5 New DeathsDate Posted: May 31, 2020
Public Health Announces 186 Additional COVID-19 Positive Cases Among Delawareans; 5 New DeathsDate Posted: May 30, 2020
DE Dept. of Labor Disburses Pandemic Unemployment Assistance PaymentsDate Posted: May 29, 2020
Forest Campsites and Redden Lodge to Stay ClosedDate Posted: May 29, 2020
Governor Carney Releases Guidance on Summer Camp, Summer School ProgramsDate Posted: May 29, 2020
Public Health Announces 65 Additional Positive Cases of COVID-19, 11 New DeathsDate Posted: May 29, 2020
SNAP de Delaware Otorgará Beneficios de Emergencia Adicionales Que Estarán Disponibles Desde el 30 de MayoDate Posted: May 29, 2020
Public Health Announces 75 Additional Positive COVID-19 Cases Among Delawareans; 1 New DeathDate Posted: May 28, 2020
Delaware’s SNAP Program to Issue Additional Emergency Benefits That Will Be Available Starting May 30Date Posted: May 28, 2020
May 29, 2020 – COVID-19 BriefingDate Posted: May 28, 2020
The DE Dept. of Labor Releases Fraud Prevention GuidelinesDate Posted: May 28, 2020

Accessible Voting Available for July 7th Presidential Primary
The Delaware Department of Elections (“Department”) and Disabilities Law Program of Community Legal Aid Society, Inc. (“DLP”) are pleased to announce the reactivation of Delaware’s pilot accessible absentee voting program through Democracy Live. This system offers electronic delivery of accessible ballots, a ballot marking tool, and submission by voter choice of mail, fax or email for military and overseas voters as well as voters with disabilities. Delaware law has provided for electronic delivery and return of absentee ballots for military and overseas voters covered under the provisions of the Uniform and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) since 2010, and for voters who are sick or disabled since 2012.
The Department is piloting the Democracy Live system for the Presidential Primary to offer these services to replace a now retired in-house system that formerly provided such services, but which is no longer compatible with the State’s current election systems. Earlier this month the Department paused this pilot program to research claims about the security of the system recently published in the media. These concerns focused particularly on system hosting arrangements and the online return of ballots. Although the Department has experienced no issues with the system, and has received positive feedback from many voters who have used the system, the Department took these concerns seriously and thoroughly discussed and researched them.
The DLP, as Delaware’s Protection and Advocacy System for people with disabilities, immediately raised concerns with the Department. They claimed that without an accessible electronic ballot delivery and marking system, paper absentee ballots would not be accessible to voters with print or visual disabilities, who would have to give up their privacy and independence to seek assistance in voting or potentially risk their health during the COVID-19 pandemic to vote in person.
The DLP and the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) contacted the Department about the feasibility of reinstating Democracy Live or implementing an alternative accessible voting option for the July 7th primary and beyond. An inaccessible ballot system, the advocates asserted, was contrary to the mandates of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (“Section 504”), and Delaware law, including Article I, Section 3 of the Delaware Constitution, which requires free and equal elections.
Acknowledging these concerns, the Department undertook a thorough review of the security of the Democracy Live system. This review included dialogue with some of the researchers who have recently published articles citing security concerns about the system in order to discuss those concerns and what action steps could be taken to mitigate them. The Department is also working closely with the State’s Department of Technology and Information (“DTI”) to ensure the highest levels of security are in place. Following these efforts, the Department reinstated the pilot program for accessible electronic delivery and marking of ballots with additional security enhancements. Immediate steps include a switch to client-side ballot marking, as well as discontinuing the electronic ballot return option. These changes address directly concerns raised in the recent articles. Voters continue to be provided their ballots electronically, can mark their ballots electronically, and have options to return marked ballots by mail, fax, or email (with the ability to be encrypted).
Looking ahead to fall elections, the Department is working with DTI to continue to enhance system security and transparency, while maintaining the convenience and accessibility features of the system.
The Department remains committed to ensuring equal opportunity for people with disabilities to vote in the upcoming July 7th Presidential Primary Election and beyond. Laura Waterland, Project Director of the DLP, said “We appreciate the seriousness with which the Department addressed our concerns. People with disabilities take their civic duties seriously and we are pleased that the Department is so committed to ensuring we all can vote.” “We commend Delaware election officials for hearing our concerns and taking swift action to protect the right of blind voters to cast our ballots privately and independently,” Mark Riccobono, President of the National federation of the Blind added, “We continue to demand that all states implement accessible absentee and mail voting as soon as possible to protect blind voters during the pandemic and to fully enfranchise us going forward.”
Press contacts:Anthony Albence, Delaware Department of Elections, 302-739-4277, anthony.albence@delaware.govLaura J. Waterland, Esq. Disabilities Law Program, Community Legal Aid Society, Inc., 302-479-8906, lwaterland@declasi.orgEve Hill, Partner, Brown Goldstein Levy, on behalf of the National Federation of the Blind, 202.802.0925cda; ehill@browngold.com
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Accessible Voting Available for July 7th Presidential Primary
The Delaware Department of Elections (“Department”) and Disabilities Law Program of Community Legal Aid Society, Inc. (“DLP”) are pleased to announce the reactivation of Delaware’s pilot accessible absentee voting program through Democracy Live. This system offers electronic delivery of accessible ballots, a ballot marking tool, and submission by voter choice of mail, fax or email for military and overseas voters as well as voters with disabilities. Delaware law has provided for electronic delivery and return of absentee ballots for military and overseas voters covered under the provisions of the Uniform and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) since 2010, and for voters who are sick or disabled since 2012.
The Department is piloting the Democracy Live system for the Presidential Primary to offer these services to replace a now retired in-house system that formerly provided such services, but which is no longer compatible with the State’s current election systems. Earlier this month the Department paused this pilot program to research claims about the security of the system recently published in the media. These concerns focused particularly on system hosting arrangements and the online return of ballots. Although the Department has experienced no issues with the system, and has received positive feedback from many voters who have used the system, the Department took these concerns seriously and thoroughly discussed and researched them.
The DLP, as Delaware’s Protection and Advocacy System for people with disabilities, immediately raised concerns with the Department. They claimed that without an accessible electronic ballot delivery and marking system, paper absentee ballots would not be accessible to voters with print or visual disabilities, who would have to give up their privacy and independence to seek assistance in voting or potentially risk their health during the COVID-19 pandemic to vote in person.
The DLP and the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) contacted the Department about the feasibility of reinstating Democracy Live or implementing an alternative accessible voting option for the July 7th primary and beyond. An inaccessible ballot system, the advocates asserted, was contrary to the mandates of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (“Section 504”), and Delaware law, including Article I, Section 3 of the Delaware Constitution, which requires free and equal elections.
Acknowledging these concerns, the Department undertook a thorough review of the security of the Democracy Live system. This review included dialogue with some of the researchers who have recently published articles citing security concerns about the system in order to discuss those concerns and what action steps could be taken to mitigate them. The Department is also working closely with the State’s Department of Technology and Information (“DTI”) to ensure the highest levels of security are in place. Following these efforts, the Department reinstated the pilot program for accessible electronic delivery and marking of ballots with additional security enhancements. Immediate steps include a switch to client-side ballot marking, as well as discontinuing the electronic ballot return option. These changes address directly concerns raised in the recent articles. Voters continue to be provided their ballots electronically, can mark their ballots electronically, and have options to return marked ballots by mail, fax, or email (with the ability to be encrypted).
Looking ahead to fall elections, the Department is working with DTI to continue to enhance system security and transparency, while maintaining the convenience and accessibility features of the system.
The Department remains committed to ensuring equal opportunity for people with disabilities to vote in the upcoming July 7th Presidential Primary Election and beyond. Laura Waterland, Project Director of the DLP, said “We appreciate the seriousness with which the Department addressed our concerns. People with disabilities take their civic duties seriously and we are pleased that the Department is so committed to ensuring we all can vote.” “We commend Delaware election officials for hearing our concerns and taking swift action to protect the right of blind voters to cast our ballots privately and independently,” Mark Riccobono, President of the National federation of the Blind added, “We continue to demand that all states implement accessible absentee and mail voting as soon as possible to protect blind voters during the pandemic and to fully enfranchise us going forward.”
Press contacts:Anthony Albence, Delaware Department of Elections, 302-739-4277, anthony.albence@delaware.govLaura J. Waterland, Esq. Disabilities Law Program, Community Legal Aid Society, Inc., 302-479-8906, lwaterland@declasi.orgEve Hill, Partner, Brown Goldstein Levy, on behalf of the National Federation of the Blind, 202.802.0925cda; ehill@browngold.com
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