LWV plans two separate informational sessions
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.