LWV plans two sep­a­rate in­for­ma­tional ses­sions

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EAS­TON — The League of Women Vot­ers of the Mid-Shore will host two series of in­for­ma­tional ses­sions in Novem­ber.

The first in­for­ma­tional ses­sion is from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tues­day, Nov. 7, at the Eastern Shore Con­ser­va­tion Cen­ter, 114 S. Wash­ing­ton St., Eas­ton. It is de­signed to give those in­ter­ested in seek­ing lo­cal elected of­fice a bet­ter idea of the process and what to ex­pect.

“In Novem­ber 2018 Tal­bot ci­ti­zens will vote for a whole slew of can­di­dates to serve at the state and fed­eral level. They will also vote to elect a wide range of Tal­bot County of­fi­cials, rang­ing from County Coun­cil mem­bers, law and ju­di­ciary of­fices, po­lit­i­cal party com­mit­tee mem­bers, to mem­bers of the Board of Ed­u­ca­tion. That’s a lot of op­por­tu­nity to get in­volved in lo­cal gov­ern­ment,” the or­ga­ni­za­tion stated in a press re­lease.

The in­for­ma­tional ses­sion will fea­ture a panel of guests who have run for and served in lo­cal gov­ern­ments, in­clud­ing Eas­ton Town Coun­cil Pres­i­dent John Ford, and for­mer county coun­cil mem­bers Peter Car­roll and Hi­lar y Spence. They will share their per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ences and insights gained from their run for and time in of­fice.

They will be joined by Di­rec­tor of the Tal­bot County Election Board Jeri Cook, who will pro­vide in­for­ma­tion on be­com­ing a can­di­date for of­fice.

A ques­tion-and-an­swer ses­sion will fol­low the panel dis­cus­sion. Light re­fresh­ments will be served.

“The League hopes that lis­ten­ers will be in­spired to have a new vi­sion of how they may par­tic­i­pate in lo­cal gov­ern­ment, and a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of the process of run­ning for of­fice,” the or­ga­ni­za­tion stated.

The sec­ond is a series of in­for­ma­tional ses­sions — on Thurs­day, Nov. 9, in Cam­bridge and Satur­day, Nov. 18, in Eas­ton — de­signed to over­view the up­com­ing pri­mary election process.

“The elec­toral land­scape is chang­ing in Mar yland as vot­ers reg­is­ter­ing as un­af­fil­i­ated with a po­lit­i­cal party are on the rise. And yet, those vot­ers are locked out of vot­ing in our state-funded pri­maries un­less the prin­ci­ple po­lit­i­cal par­ties al­low them to vote on their par ty’s bal­lot, an event that has hap­pened only once, in 2000,” the or­ga­ni­za­tion stated in a press re­lease. “State law de­ter­mines how nom­i­na­tions for elec­tive of­fice are con­ducted, so maybe it’s time for Mary­lan­ders to re­view their op­tions and de­cide if their vot­ing sys­tems need to evolve with the times.”

The two pri­mary election in­for­ma­tion ses­sions are meant to raise pub­lic aware­ness of the is­sues in­volved in the pri­mary and pro­vide the op­por­tu­nity to dis­cuss their im­pli­ca­tions.

“One of the great­est things about Amer­i­can democ­racy is that we not only get to choose our lead­ers, we can pro­pose changes to ensure that the se­lec­tion process is fair,” said Ralph Watkins, vice pres­i­dent for Vot­ers Ser­vice, with League Women Vot­ers, Mary­land and a re­source per­son for these ses­sions.

“Help de­cide if the Mary­land pri­mary sys­tem is ripe for change and give your in­put on how best to change it,” the or­ga­ni­za­tion stated.

For more in­for­ma­tion about these ses­sions or about the LWVMS, con­tact the League at 443-883-5412 or Jean­ne_A_Hal pin@lwvmd.org.

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