The deadline for new voter registration in the town of Frankford is approaching — new residents, or residents who’ve come of age this year, will have to stop by town hall by the close of business, Friday, Jan. 13, in order to vote this year.
That’s assuming there is an election this year. Last year, there was some question as to whether the town would fill all five of its council positions, much less hold a contest.
Council Vice-President T. Maynard Esender eventually stepped in for Bill Townsend, who was hoping to relinquish his seat. (Townsend had agreed to stay on if necessary, but between work and his council responsibilities, said he was getting overloaded.)
No one challenged Esender, or Council President Robert Daisey (both he and Townsend were up for reelection).
Council Members Pam Davis, Greg Johnson and Jesse Truitt are all up for reelection this year. As of Jan. 4, Town Clerk Terry Truitt said she still hadn’t heard who planned to sign up for another term.
Would-be candidates will need to file a written nomination at town hall, “signed by the nominee or five other citizens of the Town,” at least 10 days before the election (Frankford will hold its election on Saturday, Feb. 4).
There’s nothing in the charter that suggests candidates must be registered as voters, but they do have to be at least 21 years of age and Frankford residents (and citizens of the state of Delaware).
As far as residency in the town of Frankford, the charter notes a 30-day requirement. Truitt recommended renters bring in a lease agreement, but she expected she’d have paperwork on file for most new homeowners.
Would-be voters should bring a couple forms of identification — one photo ID, plus a piece of mail addressed to the resident, should suffice.