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Make mail-in voting a permanent feature of our elections

One of the most important things we did during this pandemic was safeguard our democracy. With the General Assembly's help, we allowed mail-in voting for the first time. That meant hundreds of thousands of Delawareans could stay safe from the pandemic, while exercising their right to vote. And I look forward to signing legislation to make mail-in voting a permanent feature of our elections--from school board and town hall elections to the election for the President of the United States.
Source: 2021 State of the State Address to the Delaware legislature , Jan 26, 2021

Citizens should be able to access state government online

This past year, we launched Delaware OneStop. It's a convenient, centralized platform that allows small businesses to easily get licensed with the state. We should also make it easier for everyday Delawareans to interact with their state government. We need a OneStop for Delaware citizens-- where you can buy your park pass, register to vote, renew your license, or check for snow closures. This will be a game changer for our state.
Source: 2020 Delaware State of the State address , Jan 23, 2020

Appointed first black judge to the state Supreme Court

The Rev. Al Sharpton congratulated Delaware's governor for making Vice Chancellor Tamika Montgomery-Reeves the first black judge to be appointed to the state Supreme Court, but also said the judiciary still needs a more diverse panel of justices.

Before Gov. John Carney's appointment of Montgomery-Reeves to the Supreme Court, Sharpton said he was preparing to directly challenge, rather than congratulate, the governor, given the state never had had a black justice on its Supreme Court. The Delaware Legislative Black Caucus said in a statement that Gov. Carney should be commended for his judicial selections, "which represent a significant step forward in improving diversity and representation at the highest level of Delaware's courts."

Source: Wilmington News Journal on 2020 Delaware Gubernatorial race , Oct 31, 2019

Delaware should join National Popular Vote compact

Legislative Summary:SB22: Act enacts the National Popular Vote compact, which requires that each member state award its electoral votes to the presidential candidate who received the largest number of popular votes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The compact becomes effective when it is enacted by states collectively possessing a majority of the electoral votes.

Delaware Public Radio case to vote NO: A 2018 GOP primary candidate for U.S. House said he believes it goes against what the founders envisioned when deciding how the president and vice president should be elected. "It says three votes go to what the country thinks," he said. "I think our three electoral votes should go for what Delaware thinks."

Legislative Outcome: Passed Senate 14-7-0 on Mar/7/19; Passed House 24-17-0 on Mar/14/19; Signed by Governor John Carney on Mar/28/19

Source: Delaware Public Radio on legislative voting records SB22 , Mar 28, 2019

Ban stock trading based on Congressional insider knowledge.

Carney co-sponsored STOCK Act

Congressional Summary:Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act (STOCK Act): Amends the Securities Exchange Act and the Commodity Exchange Act to prohibit purchase or sale of either securities or commodities by a person in possession of material nonpublic information regarding pending or prospective legislative action.

Bill explanation (ProCon.org, "Insider Trading by Congress", Feb. 3, 2012):

Source: H1148/S1871 11-S1871 on Nov 15, 2011

Require full disclosure of independent campaign expenditures.

Carney co-sponsored DISCLOSE Act

Congressional Summary:

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