HB 84 would require all candidates--
candidates nominated by a major political party that did not file to run in a primary election, unaffiliated candidates, candidates for minor political parties, and candidates in special elections for the General Assembly...--to submit to a Criminal Background Check to get on the ballot.
Notice that no matter what shows up on the Criminal Background Check, you cannot be disqualified from appearing on the ballot.
So why have the requirement?
1. [Their stated reason]:
By requiring that certain candidates’ criminal history information be made available to the public in advance of an election, this Bill supports transparency in government and recognizes that elected officials work for the people. Many employers throughout this State require criminal background checks during the hiring process. This Bill recognizes the importance of allowing the public to know the criminal histories of candidates seeking their trust and vote.2. Their financial reason--Criminal Background Checks cost $69 and require people to make an often awkwardly timed trip to visit the Delaware State Police. Both the cost and time are specifically calculated to deter independent and minor party candidates from running. It is nothing less than a State-imposed filing fee!
3. Their political reason--Let's make candidates pay to do the opposition research for their opponents! They've also proposed that all candidates have to prove they've paid all their taxes before they can run.
Plain and simple: this is the two parties in power attempting to put one more nail into the door to hold it shut against everyone else.
h/t Jess McVay