Now my first thought is; why would they (The Elected Delmar Delaware officials) do that? Certainly we can't get 50 year olds to run for an elected office in Delmar why would we attempt to apply age discrimination and eliminate 18 year olds from holding office?
The U.S. Constitution sets strict age requirements for election into federal office — 25 for the House, 30 for the Senate, and 35 for the presidency. Most people probably take these age minimums for granted and don’t think twice about them. But they actually represent a form of state-sanctioned discrimination.
Normally at a town or county level, age requirements are driven by Insurance and legal requirements, like the town needs additional outsiders to tell us how to run the town. My second thought is maybe this is a cover-your-ass charter change. Back in the Fall election for Delmar Delaware the town newsletter stated;
Qualifications for Mayor and Council Member are as follows:(a) Be a citizen of the United States,
(b) Be at least twenty-one (21) years of age on the date of the general election,
(c) Have no felony convictions,
(d) Reside in the State of Delaware for at least one (1) year prior to the date of the general election,
(e) Reside in the corporate limits of the Town of Delmar for at least one (1) year immediately
preceding the date of the general election,
(f) Be a qualified voter of the Town of Delmar on the date of the general election and
(g) Each of the qualifications for Town Mayor or Councilperson shall be a continuing qualification to
hold office and the failure of any of the Mayor and Councilpersons to have any qualifications
required during the terms of his or her office will create a vacancy in the office.
So back in the Fall did the town turn away an under 21 year old who wanted to file to run for an elected office and they are now trying to cover it up?
I think 18 years old should be allowed to run for office in Delmar and I will discuss this more in this blog before this meeting.
Let me say the Fall Delmar Delaware election just stunk of being illegal. First was the issue of having to go out of the state of Delaware to cast your vote in a Delaware election. Second was publishing requirements of being 21 years old when apparently the town charter say otherwise thus violating the town charter.
I felt comfortable several years ago when Mike Houlihan was elected Mayor but in the last year he and the other elected councilman seems to be out to discriminate and disenfranchise voters in Delmar Delaware. So what is next for citizens to vote in a Delmar Delaware election? In order to vote are we going to go by skin color? height? weight? ethnic background? ability to drive 125 miles to Annapolis to cast our vote?