Delaware

Overview

Delaware Redistricting Process

Congressional

As of the 2020 U.S. Census, Delaware only has one at-large congressional district.

Legislative

Legislative maps are enacted by the State Legislature. The Governor can veto the plans.

The Legislature can override a veto with a three-fifths vote. Democrats currently have a veto-proof majority in the both chambers.

Challenges to the maps are litigated in the Superior Court.

Source: Del. Const. art. II, §§ 2, 2A. 29 Del. Code §§ 801-806.


Previous Redistricting Cycles

2020

  • Congressional
    • N/A (At-large)
  • Legislative
    • Original Plans (H/S) – SB 199
      • Passed = November 1, 2021 (D-controlled)
      • Signed = November 2, 2021
    • Revised Plans (H/S) – HB 335
      • Passed = March 23, 2021 (D-controlled)
      • Signed = April 1, 2022
    • Litigation History
      • None

2010

  • Congressional
    • N/A (At-large)
  • Legislative
    • Original PlansHB 210
      • Passed = June 30, 2011 (D-controlled)
      • Signed = July 8, 2011
    • Replacement PlansHB 250
      • Passed = January 26, 2012 (D-controlled)
      • Signed = February 3, 2012
    • Litigation History
      • None

2000

  • Congressional
    • N/A (At-large)
  • Legislative
    • Original PlansHB 467
      • Passed = April 18, 2002 (Split-control)
      • Signed = April 19, 2002
    • Replacement PlansHB 556
      • Passed = June 18, 2002 (Split-control)
      • Signed = June 19, 2002
    • Litigation History
      • None

Governor Bill Signing

If a bill is presented to the governor during session, the governor has 10 days to sign or veto it; otherwise, it becomes law without signature. If the bill is delivered to the governor during the last 10 days of the session, the governor must sign or veto it within 30 days of session adjournment; otherwise, it is pocket vetoed. Sundays are excluded in these calculations. Line-item vetoes are permitted.


Ballot Measure Process

Kinds of Ballot Measures
Only the Delaware General Assembly may refer amendments to the ballot. There is no initiative or referendum process.

Source: Del. Const. art. XVI.


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