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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - The top election official in Delaware is pledging to update voter registration forms amid complaints that the state's documents violate federal law.

Campaign Legal Center is a Washington-based voter advocacy group. It says federal voter registration forms used in Delaware contain outdated information about the eligibility of felons to vote in state elections.

Delaware Election Commissioner Elaine Manlove says the advocacy group is correct. She tells the News Journal of Wilmington that we will be acting on every one of their recommendations."

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Delaware Election Commissioner Elaine Manlove says she will be rewriting the rules for access to voter information.

The move comes after anger from Delaware voters over a request by the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election for a large amount of voter data including the last four digits of their social security numbers.

Manlove said that her office will still provide information to political parties and candidates.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware's elections commissioner says she will not provide voter registration data to President Donald Trump's commission on election fraud.

Commissioner Elaine Manlove says after being inundated with calls from concerned citizens and talking to her agency's attorney, she has decided not to provide any voter registration data to Trump's commission, including data that is currently available to the public.

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Delaware is turning down a request by the Presidential
Advisory Commission on Election Integrity to handover voter registration data.

The letter received by the Secretary of State Jeffery Bullock asked for such things as party affiliation and the last four digits of Social Security numbers.

State Election Commissioner Elaine Manlove said that providing that information to the White House would not serve the mission of safeguarding elections.

Manlove said that only names addresses and voter history are made available to the public.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - School students from across Delaware are getting a jumpstart on next week's election.

Gov. Jack Markell, Secretary of State Jeff Bullock, and state Elections Commissioner Elaine Manlove planned to join student delegates Friday in Dover for  the 2016 Student Mock Elections.

The mock election is conducted each election year by teachers in partnership with state agencies, the University of Delaware Democracy Project, and the League of Women Voters.

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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.

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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.

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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."

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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.