District 2 voters will go to the Newark Free Library to cast their ballot in the Nov. 23 special election, City Secretary Renee Bensley said.
For years, the polling place was at the Aetna Hose, Hook and Ladder Company fire station on Ogletown Road. However, Aetna closed the station last year and sold it to a developer who plans to build a Chick-fil-A there.
As a result, Bensley needed to find an alternative location in the district.
“The Newark Free Library has been used as a polling place for the Delaware Department of Elections in the past and has all of the required facilities needed for a city polling place,” Bensley said.
The city will mail a notice to all registered voters informing them of the change. The city will also send all voters an application for an absentee ballot, as has been standard practice since the pandemic began.
“As the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency is still in place and this election is scheduled for the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, staff anticipates a higher than normal absentee ballot request volume,” Bensley wrote.
The special election is to fill the vacancy left by Councilwoman Sharon Hughes’ death last month. The winner of the election will fill the remainder of Hughes’ term, which runs through April 2023.
So far one person has filed to run: Corinth Ford, a Capitol Trail resident who currently serves on the reapportionment committee.
Candidates have until Oct. 25 to file to run in the election.
In order to be eligible to run, a potential candidate must be a registered voter, reside in the district he or she is seeking to represent, have lived in the city for at least one year and submit a nominating petition signed by 10 qualified voters in the district. Those interested should contact Bensley at firstname.lastname@example.org or 302-366-7000.
District 2 encompasses the eastern part of the city, including Catalina Gardens, Yorkshire Woods, Cannons Gate, the Village of Fountainview, White Chapel, Lumbrook, Prestwick Farms, Stafford, Laura’s Glen, George Read Village, the Washington House, part of Main Street and surrounding areas.