League of Women Voters Offers Balanced Information on Candidates and Ballot Propositions for Nov 5 Election

League of Women Voters of WestchestersThe League of Women Voters of Westchester (LWVW) continues its tradition of providing trusted information to citizens via the internet, print and public forums for the Nov. 5 election. All candidates for countywide office, the county legislature and local office have been invited to present biographical information and answers to questions on issues.

Explanations and pros and cons of six state propositions on the ballot are also presented.

“This year, we continue to expand our internet site, www.Vote411.org, while also publishing the print version of the Voters Guide,” said Sharon Lindsay, LWVW president. “The internet site enables candidates to provide more information and update continually.”

LWVW and the local Leagues are sponsoring impartial candidate forums and debates throughout the County.  On Wednesday, October 23, a countywide debate, cosponsored by LWVW and Pace University, between candidates for County Executive and for County Clerk will be held at Pace Graduate Center, Room 206 (Graduate Auditorium), 1 Martine Ave, White Plains (Parking at Galleria lot). The County Executive candidates will debate at 5:30 to 6:30 pm, followed by a statement at 6:45 pm from the uncontested incumbent for District Attorney. A debate between candidates for County Clerk will be from 7:15 to 8 pm. More details on this debate and local debates for county legislators and local officials are on the www.Vote411.org or www.lwvwestchester.org web sites.  Most debates will be replayed on local access television stations or web streamed.

Voters can also get election information by calling the LWV Westchester office at 914-949-0507, or emailing wvwestchester@optonline.net.

The print version of Voters Guide will be available at local libraries, other public places, through local Leagues and the LWVW office. Candidates upload their own information using the LWV website www.Vote411.org. Candidates who did not provide their response in time to meet the print deadline still can upload their information on the www.Vote411.org website. “We urge them to do this, even if they are running unopposed,” said Voter Service Chair Marianna Stout.”

On www.Vote411.org, users can type in an address, press “Enter” and find one’s polling place, with directions from the inserted address. By pressing the green link “Get personalized information on candidates and issues” and following directions, one can get a personalized list of candidates, the propositions and if desired, print out one’s personalized ballot choices. For further instructions, write to lwvwestchester@optonline.net.

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan, grassroots organization whose mission is to promote informed citizen participation in government. League membership is open to all citizens of voting age and associate membership to noncitizens and students. Both active members and supporters are welcome and appreciated.  For information, call the League at 914-949-0507

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