Delaware Elections Update

 

Governor John Carney on Thursday signed the fifteenth modification to his State of Emergency declaration, rescheduling Delaware’s presidential primary for July 7. The Delaware Department of Elections will mail absentee ballot applications to all registered Democrats and Republicans in the State of Delaware, providing all eligible registered Delaware voters the opportunity to vote by absentee ballot in the presidential primary election. 
 
Eligible Delaware voters will be permitted to select the “sick” or “temporarily or permanently physically disabled” options on their absentee ballot application to cast a vote in the presidential primary election, even if they are not exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19. Voters must return the application to the Delaware Department of Elections or complete the process online to receive an absentee ballot. The Delaware Department of Elections will operate at least six polling places in each county to allow voters to cast ballots in person should they choose not to vote by absentee ballot. 
 
Governor Carney’s order on Thursday also reschedules school board elections for July 21, and places additional requirements on municipalities that are conducting elections. The order requires districts and municipalities to enforce social distancing during elections, require face coverings, and limit crowds to 10 or fewer people at polling places. 
 
Governor Carney’s State of Emergency declaration – including the stay-at-home order and mandatory 14-day quarantine for out-of-state travelers – remains in place and carries the force and effect of law. Violations of the order, or any of its modifications, constitute a criminal offense. 

Information comes from Governor Carney via Email.  More information contained in links as well.

DELAWARE PARTNERS IN POLICYMAKING CLASS

APPLICATION DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 28, 2020

All sessions take place beginning on Friday, 12:00 Noon through Saturday, 4:00 pm from April 2020 to November 2020 at the Hilton Garden Inn, 1706 N. DuPont Highway, Dover, Delaware 19901.

April 17 & 18
May 8 & 9
June 12 & 13
July 17 & 18
August 14 & 15
September 18 & 19
October 16 & 17
November 6 & 7

Participants must be at least 18 years of age, have a disability or be the parent of legal guardian of a child with a developmental disability*, a Delaware resident and commit to attend all Partner in Policymaking sessions. We seek diverse applicants of varied ethnic backgrounds and from all regions of the state.

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More information can be found at https://ddc.delaware.gov/index.shtml?dc=partners.

Interpreter Bill Town Hall (Feb. 26, 2020)

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 6-8:30PM

Bear Library Meeting Room # 3 1a, 101 Governors Pl, Bear, DE 19701
(conveniently located off Rt 1 and 40, near Christiana Mall/95)

** Remember to go inside and walk past checkout desk as meeting room #3 is by the computer lab in back. **

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Update: meeting room changed from #3 to #1a which is by entrance and room is bigger also.

Healthcare insurance reminder

Halthcare or medical insurance reminder.  If you do not have insurance or need to make changes, the public insurance deadline is December 15, 2019.  Go to healthcare.gov to begin.

 

Representative Meeting updates…

Feta Fernsler, Delaware Association of the Deaf President, met with Representatives Quinton Johnson (Middletown) and Valerie Longhurst (Bear – Feta’s rep based on residency). Spoke of goals we want to work on and build relationship.

 

We Demand Live Captioning Improvement

Confused by this caption above? You’re not alone. What the audio really said: “And, you know, maybe they just needed some time to cool off a bit, but they probably didn’t wanna be blasted with sprinklers like this. A mixed-doubles match at Wimbledon was interrupted when a sprinkler just went off.”

On July 31, the National Association of the Deaf, Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Inc. (TDI), the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA), and the Association of Late-Deafened Adults (ALDA), the Cerebral Palsy and Deaf Organization (CPADO), Deaf Seniors of America (DSA), the Deaf/Hard of Hearing Technology Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (DHH-RERC), the Twenty-First Century Captioning Disability and Rehabilitation Research Project (Captioning DRRP), the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Universal Interface & Information Technology Access (IT-RERC), and the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) petitioned the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to address long-standing quality problems with captioning for live television programming.

“Captioning in the U.S. has come a long way since the first appearance on Julia Child’s show in 1972, but captioning on live television continues to be difficult to understand especially with the advent of automatic speech recognition systems. Improving live captioning requires proactive solutions, and we ask the FCC to take on this task with new rules and metrics,” said NAD CEO Howard A. Rosenblum.

ASL video, comment/complaint link (for FCC) and more at  https://www.nad.org/2019/08/22/we-demand-live-captioning-improvement/.