Everything you need to know to be an informed voter.
The League was very active this year registering people to vote. We held 17 voter registration events, including 7 naturalization ceremonies. We registered 200 people at the naturalization ceremonies, with the remainder at the Kids Arts Festival, Sch'dy Greenmarket, Municipal Housing Authority, Union College, YWCA, SICM food pantry, Price Chopper, SCCC, YMCA, Parsons Child Care and Salvation Army for a grand total of 267 registrations. It's been a great volunteer effort with 33 League members involved. I would list everyone's name, but I'm afraid of leaving someone out! Thank you to all of our volunteers!
Vote411.org - Mary Jane Shave and Barbara Vivier
Mary Jane and Barbara worked hard, inviting 65 candidates to participate in our online voting guide, Vote411.org. About half of the candidates entered replies to our questions. The guide was published on October 19th, in time for early voting.
We held candidate forums in Schenectady (Oct. 2 - Cheryl Nechamen), Glenville (Oct. 3 - Vicki Hoshko), Niskayuna (Oct. 15 - Connie Young/Carol Furman) and Rotterdam (Oct. 16 - Cindy Weissend). Each forum was staffed by a diligent group of volunteers- thank you!
The forums went smoothly as we worked around the county legislature budget meetings some of which seemed to be held the on the same nights as our forums. New this year was the unwillingness of some of the audience to turn off their cell phones for the duration of the gathering. We had to maintain a constant patrol to make sure no one was making recordings which could potentially be manipulated to disparage an opponent under the auspices of the League. The videotapes were edited by Open Stage Media and shown on public access cable. They were also available on our website Voter Services page and on our Facebook page.
The Schenectady County League analyzed county board of election voter participation data for the last three years, using that data to focus efforts in high population density--low voter turnout areas (city and towns), election districts, and neighborhoods. We met with neighborhood associations, distributed posters and lawn signs. We got school districts to make public service announcements at sports events and on electronic billboards at school entrances encouraging people to vote on Election Day. We wrote letters to the editor of the The Daily Gazette newspaper and participated in an interview by the newspaper to provide voter participation data and the County League's efforts to get out the vote. This resulted in a front page newspaper article. These and more efforts will be taking place in upcoming election periods. Please contact voter services chair Cheryl Nechamen or Pauline Kinsella, GOTV subcommittee chair, if you would like to help with this important work.
Goal: To educate voters on the issues; to stimulate voter interest; to encourage voter participation in elections; to present programs in a nonpartisan manner.
1. All candidates for office who meet New York State election law requirements to be on the ballot are eligible to take part in candidate forums. No substitutes will be permitted to take the place of a candidate.
2. Candidate for office who have no opponents can not take part in the formal candidate forum. Candidates with no opponents may attend the forum and be recognized and, although not allowed to speak at that time, can speak individually to the voters following the formal part of the event. These candidates will be recognized if they attend and the reason they are not speaking will be explained. The moderator will announce that the program has allowed time at the end of the forum for unopposed candidates to speak individually to those attending.
3. No video or audio taping of candidate debates, or parts thereof, is permitted except by those previously authorized by the League of Women Voters to officially tape the event.
4. Candidates' literature will be allowed to be distributed on tables placed near the entrance to the forum location.
5. The League reserves the right to cancel the forum if circumstances warrant.
6. Candidates will be sent copies of these policies when they are invited to participate in the forum. Any subsequent changes to the program format will be communicated to the candidates prior to the program.
Glenville Town Board meets the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays at the Municipal Center, 7:30 p.m.
Rotterdam Town Board meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays at Assembly Hall, 7:30 p.m.
Niskayuna Town Board: Call 386-4592 for the schedule
The above is a web-site maintained by the SCHENECTADY DIGITAL HISTORY ARCHIVE, a service of the Schenectady County Public Library.