Rep. Bentz: More Voters, Stronger Democracy

The following letter to the editor appeared on on September 26.

Democracy works best when everyone gets involved. That might sound cliché, but it’s an undeniable truth. And we as elected officials should do everything in our power to encourage and make it as easy as possible for everyone to participate in our democracy.

While Tuesday is the Democratic National Committee’s day of action for voter registration, this should not be a partisan issue. No one should be proud that less than 40 percent of registered Delaware voters cast a ballot in the 2014 midterm elections. Even with nearly two-thirds voting in last year’s election, we still should always be striving for greater, more consistent participation.

That’s why we are pushing for changes to state laws to make it easier to register and cast a vote. One bill would establish automatic voter registration at state DMV offices. Another would have Delaware join the other 34 states that have early voting, allowing residents to cast ballots before Election Day.

We also are working to consolidate Delaware’s state and presidential primaries to reduce confusion and increase turnout. We can accomplish these things while maintaining integrity in our elections.

Getting people to register to vote is critical, but increasing their access to voting is equally important. We need to do everything in our power to make it easier for working Delawareans across the state to register and vote in our elections, because when everyone participates, we all stand to do better as a society.

Rep. David Bentz
18th District (Christiana)