Town stresses need for registration

There are no off years in Dagsboro. Elections are a-coming, Saturday, Dec. 3, and town residents will need to pick their top three. Mayor S. Brad Connor and Council Member Jamie Kollock will seek to retain seats this year, and Council Member Clay Hall has announced he will not seek reelection.

In a bit of a twist, council did unanimously agree to continue tasking Hall with the duties of town building inspector and code enforcement constable, at least temporarily, at the Oct. 24 town council meeting.

Dagsboro is in transition, between former building inspector Carl Plattner and a pending contract with the county. Everyone on council suspected the position would soon turn into a full-time job, as development starts popping. But, “I have no intention of becoming a full-time employee (of the town),” Hall quipped.

Back on elections, Town Solicitor Tempe Steen advised anyone wishing to throw their hat in the ring to do so by Nov. 18.

Candidates must be “natural persons” (not corporate entities), 18 years of age or older, a resident of Dagsboro and a citizen of Delaware and the United States.

Per standard procedure, council agreed to meet on Nov. 21 to confirm that everyone who’d submitted themselves as candidates did indeed meet the qualifications. After that, Town Clerk Stacey Long will be able to draft and send out the absentee ballots.

Residents who won’t be able to make it to the polling place — tentatively the Dagsboro Fire Hall — should place their requests for absentee ballots as soon as possible. Those ballots will need to be returned to the Dagsboro Town Hall by Friday, Dec. 2, at noon.

Voter eligibility follows the same age and residency guidelines as candidate eligibility, including the Nov. 18 deadline for registration.

Steen outlined a few legal quirks — partnerships and corporations can send one voting entity, but whoever that individual may be will need to submit a newly-drafted statement identifying him or her as that voting entity.

And unlike some towns, non-resident property owners are allowed to vote in Dagsboro — as long as the deed is so worded as to simply refer to each stakeholder, rather than the creation of a partnership.

“This adds a level of extra participation, but also a layer of confusion,” Steen noted.

Bottom line, it is up to each voter to make sure he or she is registered, Steen pointed out. However, council plans to open town hall one evening, or possibly a Saturday, prior to Nov. 18 to give 9-to-5ers an opportunity to double-check their status.