Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Voter Turnout For School Election

Looking at the unofficial 2011 School Board Elections in Sussex County I must say once again the voter turnout was dismal.

Delmar - Gum 105, Morelli 125, Total 230 voted
Indian River - Hattier 670, Walters 411, Total 1,081 voted
Laurel - Musser 210, Vanderslice 1,071, Total 1,281 voted
Seaford - Cannon 259, Maccoy 48, Smith 425, Total 732 voted
Woodbridge - Barr 285, Dewey 148, Total 433 voted

Since school district voters do not have to register you can not accurately guess at how many are eligible to vote but I would certainly say there must be at least 2,000 possible voters in the Delmar district. Only 230 can out to vote and this is an area where everyone says they support the kids and only 230 came out to elect someone who will decide the future direction of the school system. Shame, Shame on you non-voters, I guess we will hear from you when the school tax bill goes out.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

230 is bad. come on delmar

Anonymous said...

Mrs. Morelli just found out a bitter truth about Delmar. She may have visited 700 homes and received the resdients' opinions, but only slightly over a hundred people voted for her. Small return on her investment of time. And so it will be. And she learned that there is a lot of talk in Delmar, but little real follow through.

Anonymous said...

my friend & I went to vote..all of our kids attend Delmar MSHS. However, we were not allowed to vote because we are Delmar, MD residents...I wonder what % of MD students attend the school...and this is basically saying we have NO SAY in who is placed in office or what rules are made that affect us/our children because we pay Wico Cty taxes....WHY would a town like Delmar - that is a bi-state town, very unique - have the uniqueness of letting the WHOLE BODY of parents be able to be a part....it's very sad. If someone knows the correct % of MD attending students, I'd sure like to know. The turnout could have been MUCH better...shame on Delmar Parents!! Hopefully congrats to our new member, Farrah :)

Anonymous said...

and in comparison Delaware residents have no VOICE in Wicomico County School Board decisions. Want more input in the matter, move to the other side.

Anonymous said...

To the folks in the Wico Co portion of the Delmar School District.. isn't that taxation without representation? Howard.. has this ever been brought up in court? Something is not right here!

Howard said...

I don't know that it has been in court, but the taxpayers are paying the Wicomico County School Board who in turn pay a set amount per head for Maryland kids to go to Delaware. Delmar Delaware is acting as a subcontractor and the Maryland parents have a right to complain to Wicomico County who are the ones responsible for the education of Wicomico County Maryland children.

Anonymous said...

If you Maryland people want to vote in a school board election work an getting an elected board in Wicomico county instead of the governor appointed board you have. There is talk of that happening in Sussex county. We need to fight to make sure that never happens. Our school district taxes should entitle us to a vote.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Howard for the info...and @10:11am - just for the record - I AM moving to the other side for next school year. Howard - do we know when results will be finalized?

Anonymous said...

In 2010 the Delmar School District paid Wicomico School District $1 million +/- because of two factors

1. Each state has a per pupil cost formula
2. The amount of DE students they instruct vs the number of MD students Delmar teaches

You can find this on Wicomico County BOE's website. Also, only 3-5% of MD students in Delmar choose to go to Wi-Middle & Wi-Hi instead of Delmar.

Anonymous said...

I can't help but laugh every time I see people complaining about how the school systems work.
If your kid goes to Delmar Jr/Sr. H.S, they are going to school in Sussex County, DELAWARE.
If your kid goes to school at Delmar Elementary, they are going to school in Wicomico County, MARYLAND.
It's plain and it's simple. You cannot have it both ways.
In no other voting instance that I'm aware of can you vote across county lines, much less vote across state lines.
Get real people. Educate yourselves on how this works and WHY it works the way it does.
After you do that, there will be much less cause for your comments.
You live in a Bi-State town. You knew you were going to live this way when you moved here. If you were raised here, you've always known it, so I think it's time you grow up and accept it.