Delaware, USA, regional Obligatory referendum [LOR] - submission to referendum

General Typology

Instrument
Obligatory referendum [LOR]
Location
Delaware, USA
Political level
regional
Local Name:
submission to referendum
Normative Level:
constitutional
Legally Binding:
yes
Legally Defined:

Constitution of the State of Delaware of 1897
Article II
17A
[...]
1. The General Assembly shall provide by law for the submission to the vote of the qualified electors of the several districts of the State, or any of them, mentioned in subparagraph 2 of Section 17A of this article at the General Election held in 1958, the question whether the playing of the game of "Bingo" shall be licensed or prohibited within the limits thereof [...]
17B
[...]
1. The General Assembly shall provide by law for the submission to the vote of the qualified electors of the several districts of the State, or any of them, mentioned in paragraph 2 of this section at the general election held in 1984, the question whether the playing of lotteries not under State control shall be licensed or prohibited within the limits thereof [...]

Source: Constitution of the State of Delaware of 1897 (accessed 10 June 2017)

Subject Matter:

Placing on the ballot a question regarding making the game "bingo" and lotteries legal when conducted by certain organizations

Actors

Author:
Authority
Initiator:
Law : Constitution
Decision maker:
Electorate

Requirements

Available Time:
Turnout Quorum:
Legal source does not mention turnout quorum
Approval Quorum:
Legal source does not mention specific approval quorum
Geographical Quorum:
Legal source does not mention geographical quorum
Excluded Issues:

All issues other than the playing of "Bingo" or non-state lotteries conducted by organizations as detailed in Article II, Sections 17A and 17B of the Delaware Consttution. The "Bingo" issue will be decided in the 1958 general election and the non-state lottery issue will be decided in the 1984 general election.

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Procedural Elements

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Transparency And Finance:

Practice

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Remarks:

The highly limited scope of this provision brings its definition as a direct democratic instrument into question. Because these obligatory referendums were called due to constitutional amendments, it seems as if the only instrument to place a question on the state ballot in Delaware is to create an amendment calling for a ballot question (which is achieved by agreement of a 2/3 majority in both legislative houses for two consecutive legislative sessions).