The News Journal reported that Representative District 29 was the only RD in Delaware where Bernie Sanders won — I looked up the voting data and Delaware Online reported the wrong numbers — Hillary Clinton won that district. I started looking at the voting data to see if the Election District I live in supported Sanders or Clinton – they supported Sanders. I looked throughout the data to see if any RD supported Sanders over Clinton and I saw that the 13th District supported Sanders over Clinton by only 3 votes — I thought that was odd.
If you look at the below photo of the votes from the 13th District, it shows that Sanders won that RD by 3. While I continued to look at the data, I noticed that Election District 09 in the 19th District was missing. I emailed the Department of Elections to ask why, here is what I was told:
Election Districts are combined in Presidential Primary if they are in the same building since it is all one ballot. Marbrook has both 02-13 and 02-19. They both reported as 02-13 since that was the lower number.
The 13th District received votes from the 19th District RD from ED 09-19 (Marbrook). The 13th District RD 02-13 and 19th District RD 09-19 (see page 4) share Marbrook Elementary School during elections – they also share votes during the Presidential Primary election. All votes from 09-19 (Marbrook location) were entered into 02-13 – 13th District – I believe that is why Sanders won the 13th District by 3 votes.
Look at the 19th District vote total below, you can see that the 19th Election District 09-19 was not reported on the State of Delaware Unofficial Election results.
There are 12 Election Districts in the 19th District and 10 polling locations – two of the 19th District polling locations have 2 ED’s on election day. When the state reports out, they do not show all the ED’s. An example: If you look at the above photo, 01-19 includes 12-19 voters who vote at DelCastle High School and 07-19 includes 08-19 voters who vote at Stanton Middle School. The above report should reflect where 08-19 and 12-19 voting data is being reported to make it more transparent.
The Representative Districts (RD) should have only their constituents’ votes in a presidential primary election not neighboring districts.
Thanks for following thru with this. I too wondered why some precincts were missing in each district and appreciate your finding the answer…
btw, nice speech on 4/23.
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