League of Women Voters to hold series of election forums in Carson City

Democratic and Republican lady voters talk things over. Washington, D.C. April 26, 1939. The National League of Women Voters General Council Dinner 'The Liberty we prize' had as its guest speakers the outstanding ladies of both parties. L to R: Miss Marguerite M. Wells, President; Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt, First Lady; Mrs. Robert A. Taft, Toastmistress; and Judge Florence E. Allen - image - Harris & Ewing, Library of Congress.
Democratic and Republican lady voters talk things over. Washington, D.C. April 26, 1939. The National League of Women Voters General Council Dinner 'The Liberty we prize' had as its guest speakers the outstanding ladies of both parties. L to R: Miss Marguerite M. Wells, President; Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt, First Lady; Mrs. Robert A. Taft, Toastmistress; and Judge Florence E. Allen - image - Harris & Ewing, Library of Congress.

Carson City – The League of Women Voters of Northern Nevada will hold four election forums in October.  The events will be held on October 8, 9 and 15, 16  in the Brewery Arts Center Performance Hall at 511 West King Street in Carson City.  Doors for the free events open at 5:00 p.m., and forums run from 5:30 to 9:00 each night.

October 8: the forum will focus on the six statewide ballot initiatives on the ballot this November.  Stakeholders, campaign representatives and other experts will speak and answer questions.

October 9: statewide Constitutional Officer candidates for Lt. Governor, Secretary of State, Treasurer, Controller, and Attorney General will speak and answer questions.

October 15: candidates for Carson City Board of Supervisors Ward 1, Sheriff and Justice of the Peace Department 2 will be the focus.

October 16: candidates for Congressional District 2, State Senate Districts 16 and 17, and Assembly Districts 39 and 40 will speak and answer questions.

Abby Johnson is a member of the League of Women Voters of Northern Nevada Board of Directors and recently stopped by the KNVC studios to discuss the upcoming forums …

“There will be an opportunity for the audience to submit questions to the speakers.  It’s going to be a moderated forum, and the questions will be screened for appropriateness and that sort of thing,” Abby Johnson explained.

Johnson said the upcoming votes on ballot initiatives are important for the state.

“Sometimes I think voters feel like, ‘well, it doesn’t make a difference or I’ll get to think about it next time.’  In this case, five of the six ballot measures, if they pass, they will become law,” Johnson said.  “Only Question 6 needs another vote of the people, so it’s a significant year for ballot issues in the state of Nevada.”

The League of Women Voters has a long history informing the American electorate.

“One of the things that the League of Women Voters does, that’s a real basic function, is this,” Johnson explained.  “Presenting the information, balanced information, both sides of the issue, so that the voters can make up their own mind, and making that information accessible at the local level, and that’s what we’re doing with these forums.”

For more from Abby Johnson, listen to the audio interview embedded above …