Debates

Debates

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LWV debate policies

The League of Women Voters is non-partisan;
we never support or oppose candidates or parties
 

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. 

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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
Covid-19
The Economy
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.

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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

 

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2020 LWV debates 

for June 23 primary elections

 

League Of Women Voters of the Hamptons, Shelter Island and North Fork
via Zoom, hosted by Southampton Town’s SEA-TV
Primary debate for Democratic Candidates for 1st Congressional District
Monday, June 1, at 7pm
There are four Candidates:
Gregory-John Fischer; Bridget M. Fleming; Perry Gershon; Nancy S. Goroff, Ph.D
This debate can be viewed by the public live at 7 p.m. on YouTube channel for SeaTVSouthampton and then anytime thereafter on the same YouTube channel, starting the following day, June 2.

 

League Of Women Voters of the Hamptons, Shelter Island and North Fork
via Zoom, hosted by Southampton Town’s SEA-TV
Primary Debate for Democratic Candidates for 1st Senatorial District
Monday, June 8, at 7pm
There are five Candidates (seat is held by NYS Senator Kenneth LaValle, who is retiring): 
Laura A. Ahearn; Valerie M. Cartright; Nora Higgins; Skyler Johnson; Tommy-John Schiavoni 
This debate can be viewed by the public live at 7 p.m. on YouTube channel for SeaTVSouthampton and then anytime thereafter on the same YouTube channel, starting the following day, June 9.

 

League Of Women Voters of Huntington
Primary debate for Democratic Candidates for the 3rd Congressional District
available for viewing Tuesday, June 9
There are three Candidates:
Melanie D'Arrigo, Tom Suozzi, Michael Weinstock

This debate will be available for public viewing on June 9 on YouTube: LWV of Huntington NY 

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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: 

LWV of Suffolk County
Saturday, September 21, 2019 
Suffolk County Executive candidate debate
Co-sponsored by NAACP Islip Branch
 
LWV Brookhaven
Wednesday, September 25, 2019 
Suffolk County Legislative District 3 candidate debate
LWV Brookhaven moderating
 
LWV Shelter Island
Sunday, October 6, 2019 
Shelter Island Town Supervisor and Town Council 
Co-sponsored by the Shelter Island Association
 
LWV Hamptons
Monday, October 7, 2019 
Suffolk County Legislative District 2 candidate debate
Co-sponsored with the Hampton Bays Civic Association
 
LWV Brookhaven
Monday, October 14, 2019  
Suffolk County Legislative District 6 candidate debate
Co-Sponsored by the Sound Beach Civic Association
 
LWV Hamptons
Wednesday, October 16, 2019 
East Hampton Town Supervisor and East Hampton Town Council (2) candidate debate
 
LWV Huntington
Wednesday, October 16, 2019  
Suffolk County Legislative Districts 13, 16, 17 and 18 candidate debate. 
Co-sponsored by Five Towns College
 
LWV Hamptons
Thursday, October 17, 2019 
Southampton Town Supervisor and Southampton Councilman (2) candidate debate.
 
LWV Smithtown
Thursday, October 17, 2019 
Suffolk County Legislative District 13 candidates debate 
 
LWV Smithtown and LWV Huntington
Monday, October 21, 2019 
Suffolk County Executive candidate debate 
 
LWV Huntington
Tuesday, October 22, 2019   
Huntington Town Council, Town Clerk and Receiver of Taxes candidate debate
Co-sponsored by the Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce