State website: Legislative redistricting information
2010-cycle districts: State Senate, State House  « NEW 
2000-cycle districts:
Primary governing law: 29 Del. Code §§ 801-805

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On June 30, 2011, the legislature passed HB 210, which was signed on July 8. On January 26, 2012, the legislature passed HB 250, which adjusts the legislative plan somewhat; the bill was signed on February 3.

On June 6, 2013, the state Senate passed SB 48, which would create an eleven-member independent commission to draw districts; commissioners would be chosen by the legislative leadership but would not be legislators or party officials. The legislation proceeds to the state House.

  • Institution

    Redistricting political control:

    Governor State Senate State House
    Congressional lines n/a
    State legislative lines D 14 D, 7 R 26 D, 15 R
    2000 cong. lines n/a
    2000 state lines D 13 D, 8 R 15 D, 26 R

    Delaware has only one congressional district.

    Delaware's state legislative lines are drawn by the state legislature, as a regular statute, subject to gubernatorial veto.

  • Timing

    Census data were delivered to Delaware on March 2, 2011.

    The legislature's deadline for producing plans is June 30, 2011, though this deadline is set by statute, and may be altered by the legislature. [29 Del. Code § 805] Candidates must file for state legislative primary elections by July 10, 2012. [15 Del. Code § 3101(1)] The regular legislative session began on January 11, 2011, and ends June 30, 2011.

    Delaware also prohibits redrawing lines mid-decade, before the next Census; this constraint is also set by statute, and may be altered by the legislature. [29 Del. Code § 805]

  • Public input

    According to a policy statement issued by the state House, written comments were accepted by mail and email through April. On May 19, draft maps were released, with public hearings on those maps May 26 and June 2, 2011.

  • Criteria

    Like all states, Delaware must comply with constitutional equal population requirements and with section 2 of the Voting Rights Act.

    For equal population purposes, Delaware passed legislation to adjust census data in order to count incarcerated individuals at their last known residence before incarceration. However, the state's redistricting software appears unequipped to handle the adjustment in the 2010 cycle. [29 Del. Code § 804A]

    State law further asks that state legislative districts be, insofar as possible, contiguous and bounded by roads, streams, and other natural boundaries. Districts may not be drawn to unduly favor any person or political party. The legislature may alter these statutory requirements as it wishes. [29 Del. Code § 804]

  • 2000 cycle

    In the 2000 redistricting cycle, Delaware's legislature enacted a plan to redraw the state legislative districts on April 19, 2002. It appears that the plan was not challenged in court.

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