Many League members did double and triple duty----with involvement in all activities. What a team we have! Thank you so much to everyone who volunteered. It is what allows Voter Services to make a difference.
Voter Services Chair
Sunday, October 30 at 9 PM Monday, October 31 at 7PM Wednesday, November 2 at 1 PM
The video can also be seen on Open Stage Media, click on video on demand and then Playlists, select League of Women Voters, and then the forum you wish to watch.
Vote 411 candidate information for City Council Candidates is also available.
We participated in Vote411, the League of Women Voters on-line voters guide, with the Albany and Saratoga County Leagues by inviting local candidates to post their background information, experience and views on issues concerning the elections for which they were running.
In October we partnered with the Albany, Rensselaer, and Saratoga County Leagues of Women Voters to to conduct candidate forums for candidates running in the Congressional and State Senate and Assembly Districts serving Schenectady County. A fourth candidate forum was held for candidates running to fill a vacancy on the Schenectady City Council. Two of the forums were taped by Open Stage Media and rebroadcast on local access stations.
On Election night -- November 8, we will again partner with AAUW and collect election results to report to local media at as many election districts as we have volunteers to cover. We receive a modest payment for every polling place we are able to give a report and the proceeds are used to cover the expenses of taping the candidate forums.
Voter Resources: If you have not attended the forums but wish to learn more about the candidates' backgrounds and positions on issues, there are several resources to consider:
Vote411.org - Candidates for national, state and local offices are invited to submit responses about their backgrounds and positions. This is a one-stop shop for nonpartisan election information. For Voters Guide Information specific to New York, go to http://www.lwvny.org and click on Vote411.org.
Ontheissue.org -- Information about candidates positions' on issues you are concerned about.
For general information about registering, elections and voting you can contact:
NYS Board of Elections http://www.elections.ny.gov 518-472-5086
Schenectady County Board of Elections http://www.voteschenectady.com 518-377-2469
LWV Schenectady County http://www.lwvschenectady.org
Kay Ackerman, Voter Services Chair
Last But Not Least: EVERY VOTE COUNTS - BE SURE TO VOTE ON ELECTION DAY NOVEMBER 8, 2016.
Karen DeWitt, Capitol Bureau Chief for New York State Public Radio, Matthew Hamilton Reporter for the Times Union, and Steve Muller League Women Voters will ask questions. Topics will include Economic, Domestic, and Foreign Policy questions.
Tuesday, October 18, 7+8:45 PM
Clifton Park-Half Moon Library, 475 Moe Road, Clifton Park
Candidates for the 112th Assembly are Michael Godlewski (Democrat) and Mary Beth Walsh (Republican)
Wednesday, October 19, 7-9 PM
Burnt Hills + Ballston Lake High School Auditorium
Tuesday, October 25, 7-8:45 PM
Guilderland Public Library
Wednesday, October 26, 6:30-7:45 PM McChesney Room at the Schenectady County Public Library
If you could help with any of these candidate forums, please contact Vicki McGowan for details.
Sponsored by the LWV of Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, & Schenectady
Voters Guide Part I Facts For Voters
Voters Guide Part II Candidate Information
1. All candidates for office who meet New York State election law requirements to be on the ballot and are involved in contested races are eligible to take part in candidate forums.
2. When more than one candidate for a state, county or local office is on the ballot and an invited candidate for state, county or local office does not respond or accept an invitation to the forum, or when a candidate accepts but does not appear at the forum, the candidate present at the forum may make a statement and answer audience submitted/League reviewed questions as long as this situation is made clear to the audience. The moderator will be permitted to announce that the absent person is a candidate for that office. No substitutes will be permitted to take the place of a candidate. The absent candidate will be allowed to submit an opening statement with the same time limits as the candidates present. The moderator would read the statement provided by the absent candidate.
3. No videotaping 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 a copy of these policies when they are invited to participate in the forum. Any subsequent changes to the program format will be communicated to candidates prior to the program.
The Democratic and Republican primaries in New York State are different in important ways, but have similarities. Both are "closed" primaries; participation is limited to the voters who have registered in the party that is sponsoring the election. While delegates are not bound by any law to vote for any particular candidate at the party's national convention, both parties have "pledged" candidates who vote for the candidate to whom they are "pledged". Both parties also have "un-pledged" and/or "super" delegates, who are not committed to a particular candidate. A certain number of delegates in each party participate because they occupy a particular elective or party position. Before the primary, candidates submit to the board of elections a list of delegates from each congressional district that are committed to them. These delegates actually appear on the ballot in the Democratic primary, along with a statewide presidential democratic candidate, but do not appear on the ballot in the Republican primary.
Details of the Nominating Process
Democrats: "Proportional" Primary, 281 delegates at stake New York Democrats have a total of 281 delegates, 151 of whom are "pledged" and will be elected proportionally based on the results of the February 5th primary within each congressional district. In addition, 45 are automatic and/or chosen from party leaders. The remaining 85 delegates are selected at a state Democratic committee meeting in May.
The Democratic Party in New York always uses a proportional method for awarding delegates. The percentage of delegates each candidate is awarded (or the number of undecided delegates) is representative of the number of primary votes for the candidate.
The Democratic Party primary in New York is really a "dual primary." Candidates for president appear on the ballot and run against each other in a statewide primary, and delegates and alternate delegates run in each congressional district. Delegates and alternates are either committed to a presidential candidate or uncommitted, and males and females are equally represented among the delegate choices for a candidate.
Republicans: "Winner-take-all" Primary, 101 delegates at stake
The National Republican Party, unlike the Democratic Party, allows each state to decide whether to use a "winner-take-all method" or the "proportional" method. In the winner-take-all method, the candidate whom the majority of caucus participants or voters support receives all the delegates for the state. New York is a "winner take all" state.
In New York, the selection of delegates and alternate delegates to the Republican National Convention is determined by a statewide primary of candidates for the office of President. Unlike the Democratic primary ballot, the names of the delegates and alternate delegates do no appear. Based on the results of the February 5th presidential primary, 87 of the state's 101 Republican delegates are allocated to the presidential candidate with the most votes statewide. At a Republican state committee meeting, the remaining 14 unpledged delegates are selected from party leaders.
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.