Elaine Manlove

Don Rush

DOVER, Del. (AP) - State lawmakers are taking Delaware's elections commissioner to task for repeatedly allowing violations of campaign finance reporting laws to go unpunished.

During a presentation to the legislature's budget-writing committee Wednesday, Commissioner Elaine Manlove was quizzed about fines for late or missing campaign finance reports often being waived or going uncollected.

official state photo

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Two weeks after tearfully announcing that he was ending his re-election campaign, state treasurer Chip Flowers is officially out of the race.

Elections commissioner Elaine Manlove said Flowers called her Thursday afternoon and said his withdrawal, which was set to take effect at 4 p.m., would stand.

The decision ends any speculation that Flowers, who has had a rocky relationship with the Democratic Party establishment and was the subject of a recent harassment complaint by his former deputy treasurer, might change his mind and stay in the race.

official photo

There’s some confusion about just what Delaware Treasurer Chip Flowers plans are for the Democratic primary.

More than a week ago he pledged to drop out of the race  because of the scandal surrounding his former aide over the use of taxpayer funds for travel expenses.

But Flowers has not yet formerly withdrawn from the race.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that has angered some state election officials who say that it has made a mockery of the September 9th primaries.


BALTIMORE (AP) - A new mayor has taken office in Newark.

Polly Sierer was sworn in Tuesday following a contested election. She replaces Vance A. Funk III, who was elected in 2004.

The News Journal of Wilmington reports that the 55-year-old Sierer said her election represents an opportunity to "begin some progress and some healing."

Ballot Box, 123rf.com

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware residents, even those who did not vote in the primary this month, can still register to vote in November's general election.

Election Commissioner Elaine Manlove tells WDEL that most residents register at the Department of Motor Vehicles when they renew their driver's licenses.

The deadline to register is Oct. 13. Manlove says on that day in New Castle County, registration will be available at county libraries.