LWV debate policies
LWV debate guidelines include (but are not limited to) the following:
--In the case of a debate involving only two candidates for an office, both of whom have agreed to participate in advance, if one does not appear at the last minute, the remaining candidate can make a two minute statement, but there will be no opportunity for questions. In the case of a debate involving only two candidates when one declines to participate, that particular debate will be cancelled. No letters or statements by absent candidates will be read. Only the candidates may speak. No props or signs are permitted.
--There will no unauthorized recording of the event allowed. Pre-approved licensed media are the only exception. One full video of the debate will be posted online.
2020 Presidential and Vice Presidential debates
The non-partisan Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) has announced the details and moderators for the 2020 general election presidential and vice presidential debates.
All debates will be moderated by a single individual and will run from 9:00-10:30 p.m. Eastern Time without commercial breaks. For more information, visit the CPD website: debates.org
First presidential debate:
Chris Wallace, Anchor, Fox News Sunday
Tuesday, September 29, 9pm
Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH
The format for the first debate calls for six 15-minute time segments dedicated to topics announced in advance in order to encourage deep discussion of the leading issues facing the country.
Subject to possible changes because of news developments, the topics selected by Chris Wallace for the September 29 debate are as follows, not necessarily to be brought up in this order:
The Trump and Biden Records
The Supreme Court
Race and Violence in our Cities
The Integrity of the Election
Vice presidential debate:
Susan Page, Washington Bureau Chief, USA Today
Wednesday, October 7, 9pm
The University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
The debate will be divided into nine segments of approximately 10 minutes each. The moderator will ask an opening question, after which each candidate will have two minutes to respond. The moderator will use the balance of the time in the segment for a deeper discussion of the topic.
Second presidential debate (town meeting):
Steve Scully, Senior Executive Producer & Political Editor, C-SPAN Networks
Thursday, October 15, 9pm
Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Miami, FL
The second presidential debate will take the form of a town meeting, in which the questions will be posed by citizens from the South Florida area. The candidates will have two minutes to respond to each question and there will be an additional minute for the moderator to facilitate further discussion. The town meeting participants will be uncommitted voters selected under the supervision of Dr. Frank Newport, Senior Scientist, Gallup.
Third presidential debate:
Kristen Welker, Co-Anchor Weekend TODAY, White House Correspondent, NBC News
Thursday, October 22, 9pm
Belmont University, Nashville, TN
The debate will be divided into six segments of approximately 15 minutes each on major topics to be selected by the moderator and announced at least one week before the debate.
The moderator will open each segment with a question, after which each candidate will have two minutes to respond. Candidates will then have an opportunity to respond to each other. The moderator will use the balance of the time in the segment for a deeper discussion of the topic.
As always, the moderators alone will select the questions to be asked, which are not known to the CPD or to the candidates. The moderators will have the ability both to extend the segments and to ensure that the candidates have equal speaking time. While the focus will properly be on the candidates, the moderator will regulate the conversation so that thoughtful and substantive exchanges occur.
2020 LWV debates for
November 3 general elections
Information on the candidates on your ballot
is available online at the LWV Voters Guide: Vote411.org
2020 LWV debates
for June 23 primary elections
This debate will be available for public viewing on June 9 on YouTube: LWV of Huntington NY
2019 LWV debates
Leagues throughout Suffolk County hosted or collaborated with other non-partisan organizations in 11 debates in 2019. These past events are listed below:
Thursday, October 17, 2019