Kent County Recorder of Deeds
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There are many issues that confront the Kent County Recorder of Deeds.
I pledge to do my best to find them all and take reasonable measures to prevent problems.
Right now, I see several problems that I will address as soon as I am elected.
Mouse over (click on) the photos, below, to learn more about each issue.
Check back later as things change and I will keep this page updated as they do.
House Stealing (Title Fraud)
HB 279P Increased Real Estate Transfer Fees
Fixing, Replacing or Removing Broken Equipment in the Professional Area of the Deeds Office. (no farther explanation)
Paid for by
Friends of Eugenia Thornton
Patrick C. Donohue, Treasurer
"It is not the Recorders responsibility to ensure the accuracy or legality of the documents themselves, except in so far as they qualify to be recorded. Security for that lies outside the score of recording." p 50
To learn more, mouse over the photo of the report, above.
"It looked like on Election Night that Betty Lou McKenna, the Democratic recorder of deeds in Kent County, had lost the office by two votes to La Mar Gunn, the Republican candidate, who is on the ballot again this year for lieutenant governor.
It brought on a recount conducted by the Board of Canvass, which consisted of two Superior Court judges, and this time it was McKenna who was found to be the winner by two votes. Gunn protested to the Superior Court, where another judge ordered a new recount. This one came out a tie.
Gunn appealed to the state Supreme Court, which threw out the tie on the grounds that one Superior Court judge had no authority to overrule two fellow judges or to order up a new recount. The high court concluded the first recount should stand, so McKenna got a new term.
It should be noted that at no time were the voting machines in question. Their tallies were not disputed. The recounts turned on the reading of a handful of absentee ballots, which voters fill out on paper by hand.
Three layers of judges. Three different determinations. What a mess" wrote Celia Cohen in her series Delaware Grapevine (10-16hackers).
To find out how this story ends, mouse over the photo, above, to read Cohen's follow up article.