City of Newark Proposed Referendum

Schedule | Voter Information | Frequently Asked Questions | Town Hall Forum Presentation

Referendum Election Results

The 2018 Capital Referendum for the City of Newark was held on Tuesday, June 19. Official results as certified by the Election Board on Thursday, June 21 are as follows

 DistrictQ1 ForQ1 AgainstQ2 ForQ2 AgainstQ3 ForQ3 AgainstQ4 ForQ4 Against
 1 6279954118363687574143
 212839104621293911947
 33159125015131586262133
 417053141781824116058
 5316572451193195327786
 613747112701345012656
 NR99197839100175067
 Total1792405147170218153731568590

The certified results will be submitted to City Council at their regularly scheduled July 9, 2018 meeting.


Following an affirmative vote by Council this January, the City began taking the necessary planning steps regarding a possible referendum to be held on Tuesday, June 19. The referendum will address the ability for the City to seek approval to borrow money for several capital projects, including the proposed stormwater pond project at the former Rodney dorm site

The referendum process is defined in section 407.2 of City Charter and a timeline regarding the current proposed referendum is outlined below:

  • April 23rd, resolution to set public hearing for referendum question(s)
  • May 14th, Public hearing for referendum question(s)
  • May 29th through June 18th, Newspaper advertising window and other public outreach on finalized referendum questions
  • June 19th, referendum date
  • June 21st, Election results certified by Board of Elections
  • July 9th, Regular council meeting where election results can be certified by Council; certification meeting can be held as early as June 28th if desired.


Voters will be asked to vote for or against the bond/certificate of indebtedness issue for the following projects:

  1. Rodney Stormwater Facility - $6,500,000 
  2. Rodney Park Amenities -  $2,500,000
  3. 2018-2022 Water/Sewer Capital Improvement Program (CIP) Projects - $15,625,000
  4. 2018-2022 Capital Improvement Program (CIP) Projects - $3,000,000


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Town Hall Forums

To ensure voters eligible to participate in the referendum are well-informed, the City hosted a series of town hall forums to educate the public on the various capital projects that may be included in the referendum vote and the financial impact associated with approving or rejecting the referendum.

• Monday, April 16, from 6:30 - 8 p.m. at the George Wilson Center, 303 New London Road, Newark

District 3: May 1 from 6:30 – 8 p.m. at the Pilgrim Baptist Church at 1325 Barksdale Road

District 6: Wednesday, May 9, from 7 – 8:30 p.m. at the Temple Beth El, 301 Possum Park Road, Newark

• Tuesday, May 22, from 6:30 - 8 p.m. at the Newark Senior Center, 200 White Chapel Drive, Newark

District 1: Thursday, May 31, from 6:30 – 8 p.m. in Council Chamber, 220 S. Main Street, Newark

District 2: Tuesday, June 5, from 6:30 - 8 p.m. at the Newark Senior Center (Hosted by Councilman Jerry Clifton, District 2)

District 4: June 6 from 6:30 – 8 p.m. in Council Chamber

• Thursday, June 7, from 6:30 - 8 p.m. in Council Chamber, 220 S. Main Street, Newark

District 5: Thursday, June 14, from 6:30 – 8 p.m. at the George Wilson Center, 303 New London Road, Newark

More information regarding the projects proposed for inclusion in the referendum, their impact on the community and costs will be available shortly.

If you have any questions, please email AskNewark@newark.de.us or call 302-366-7000.

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Voter Information

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A 16-page, full-color magazine will be mailed to the homes of registered voters in early June. A copy of that magazine is available electronically by clicking on the image.

The city referendum election is to be held on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. Polls open at 7:00 a.m. and close at 8:00 p.m. The polling places for the election are as follows:

  • District 1 - Wesleyan Church of Newark, 708 W. Church Road
  • District 2 - Aetna Fire Station #8, 410 Ogletown Road
  • District 3 - Aetna Fire Station #7, 7 Thorn Lane
  • District 4 - First Church of Christ, Scientist, 48 W. Park Place
  • District 5 - First Presbyterian Church, Memorial Hall, 292 W. Main Street
  • District 6 - First Church of the Nazarene, 357 Paper Mill Road
  • Non-resident property owners - Council Chamber, Newark Municipal Building, 220 S. Main Street

For more voter information, please click here.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to the most frequently asked questions regarding the Newark referendum can be found by clicking here.

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Town Hall Forum Presentation

  • The full presentation is available for download here
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