The Senate will host two public workshops during which the public will have an opportunity to offer comment on draft maps. One hearing will be virtual, the other will be in person at Legislative Hall. Registration is required. Members of the public who wish to attend should sign up using the links below.
In Delaware, the redistricting process is entirely controlled by the political parties holding majorities in the General Assembly’s two legislative chambers. Democratic legislators hold a 14 to 7 advantage in the Senate and a 26 to 15 edge in the House of Representatives.
House and Senate Democrats created separate reapportionment plans for their respective chambers. Republicans in each chamber will also offer their plans, but these proposals will have little chance of adoption without significant Democratic support.
The draft maps of all four caucuses are expected posted on a redistricting website for the public to review. Each chamber will hold public hearings on their proposals. Majority lawmakers will reportedly take these comments into account before finalizing the maps.
The process will ultimately conclude with the finished plans/maps being converted into one bill detailing the boundaries of all the districts. The General Assembly will convene a special session later this fall to consider the measure. Once it has been approved by simple-majority vote in the House and Senate, it will go to Governor John Carney for his signature.
The new legislative districts will be observed for the 2022 general election. Candidates running in those races must reside in the new districts, which will take effect immediately following Election Day (November 8, 2022).