I am John Tobin, the author of a blog about Delaware politics, and I am researching potential outcomes if HB 117, a Delaware General Assembly proposal to move Delaware school board elections from Spring to the date of the November general election every two years, is enacted into law. Since you have been a school board candidate in your county in an election held on the same date as the general election , I felt you would be an ideal person to ask for an opinion.
Currently school board elections in Delaware are nonpartisan and a person does not have to be registered to vote in school board elections. While school board elections would continue to be nonpartisan, HB 117 would mandate that voters be registered.
Please answer the following questions, if time allows:
(1) Do you feel having school board elections on the same date as the general election makes them more partisan, even if they are officially nonpartisan ?
(2) Do you feel having school board elections on the same date as the general election drives up the cost of campaigns for school board elections? If so, does the expense near that of partisan races?
(3) Do you feel voters in school board elections should be required to be registered voters? If they are not in your county, can you explain how this is facilitated in the voting booth ?
(4) Can you explain any benefits you can see from holding school board elections on the same day as the general election?
(5) Can you explain any disadvantages you see from holding school board elections on the same day as the general election?
Thank you for answering these questions and please feel free to offer any extended comments you might feel comfortable sharing.