Making Democracy Work

Candidate Forums

Candidate Forums

Candidate Forums

Why Candidate Forums Help Voters

Why do we sponsor forums?

Educated and informed voters are the key to our democracy. We work to educate voters about candidates in thousands of federal, state and local races each year, and we also distribute millions of educational materials about state and local elections rules. In an effort to foster civic engagement and provide needed information to voters, League members host hundreds of candidate and forums across the country each year and provide straightforward information on candidates and ballot issues. Through both print and online resources, , we equip millions of voters with essential information about the election process in each state, including polling place hours and locations, ballot information, early or absentee voting rules, voter registration deadlines.

Candidate forums are one of the only opportunities voters have to listen to candidates offer more than just a brief sound bite. Forums provide an opportunity to hear what candidates are saying and to form your own opinions of the candidates + based on your own observations. They also provide an opportunity to become engaged in the political process by using critical and analytical abilities in examining the candidates. (Adapted from LWVUS) The League of Women Voters San Jose/ Santa Clara partners with local neighborhood associations, Cities, parent organizations, and diverse community groups to sponsor Candidate Forums If you are interested please contact LWVSJSC Voter Service.