Elections

The Dare County League of Women Voters, partnering with the North Carolina Coastal Federation, is sponsoring Virtual Candidate Forums this year for the Dare Board of Commissioners and Dare Board of Education races.  We want to ensure everyone’s safety and also afford the opportunity for voters to see and hear their candidates speak and respond to questions about the issues that are important to them.   

 
Here are the scheduled dates and all are invited to attend via the Zoom webinar platform!
 
Board of Commissioners (BOC) Candidate Forum:   Tuesday, September 22 at 7 PM
 
                                To Register:    https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_gZbhsNwrTW-O9gafD5c-Ag                                                       
 
If you have a question for the BOC candidates send to DareLWV@gmail.com    (please include your name & town)
 
*** All Candidates on your ballot are participating.      
Opposed:  Steve House, Kathy McCullough-Testa, Amanda Hooper Walters, Bob Woodard
                                             Unopposed:  Danny Couch, Wally Overman
 
 
 Board of Education (BOE) Candidate Forum:   Thursday, September 24 at 7 PM
 
 
If you have a question for the BOE candidates send to  DareLWV@gmail.com     (please include your name & town)
 
*** All Candidates on your ballot are participating.      
Opposed:  Jen Alexander, Bea Basnight, Susan Bothwell, Charles Parker, David Twiddy, Carl Woody II
                                             Unopposed:  Mary Ellon Ballance
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
After you register to attend the Virtual Forum, a link to attend the webinar will be sent to your inbox.  This will allow you to join the webinar on the assigned date and time.
 
We are collecting Questions NOW to be asked of the candidates, so if you want your question answered, please use the above links.  The Forums will also be videotaped and available on YouTube, Current TV, and other local outlets.
 
Thank you for supporting our local elections, the candidates, and for being an engaged Voter!
 
~ Dare County League of Women Voters, Voter Services Team

NON-PARTISAN POLICY
The League of Women Voters of Dare County is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government and influences public policy through education and advocacy. Membership is open to both men and women.
All candidates running in contested elections are invited to participate in the Voters Guide.

The League does not endorse or oppose any candidate or political party.

CANDIDATE FORUMS
In Dare County, the League of Women Voters sponsors candidate forums prior to local elections for a town, county, and state officials.
In odd-numbered years, the League holds Voter Forums in Duck, Kill Devil Hills, Kitty Hawk, Manteo, Nags Head and Southern Shores prior to the November Town Council elections.

In even-numbered years, Voter Forums are held in various locations throughout the county prior to County Commissioner and Board of Education elections. Candidates present their platforms and respond to questions from the citizens. The forums are taped and broadcast on the local government access channel and on our YOUTUBE channel. Receptions for candidates to meet the public are held prior to primary elections.

CODE OF ELECTION ETHICS
The League of Women Voters of North Carolina and the LWV of Dare County, as part of their “Positive Campaigns” project, urge candidates to conduct fair, issue-oriented campaigns. The League believes that negative campaign tactics have lowered voter turnout, have eroded voter confidence in candidates and in government, and have reduced the ability of elected officials to govern in an effective and cooperative manner.
The following pledge emphasizes a value-based platform stressing four principles: honesty, fairness, respect, and responsibility.

VOTER GUIDES
Prior to all local elections, the League contacts all candidates and invites them to participate in the VOTE411.org On-Line Voter Guide. Candidates are invited to respond to questions, enter their biographical information, add a photo and links to their social media platforms.
THE LEAGUE DOES NOT EDIT, REVIEW, OR MODIFY THE SUBMISSIONS OF THE CANDIDATES.

The compiled data is available to all voters by accessing http://www.VOTE411.org. In addition, LWV-NC compiles national and state candidate information as well in VOTE411.

ELECTION CALENDAR
The date of the 2020 General Election is on November 3.

Here’s a sample ballot for this year’s election.

CODE OF ELECTION ETHICS PLEDGE

I PLEDGE to conduct an informative and issue-oriented campaign.
I WILL neither engage in, permit, or condone defamatory attacks upon the character of my opponent(s); nor shall I engage in invasions of personal privacy unrelated to campaign issues.

I WILL NOT use or knowingly permit the use of any campaign material or advertisement which misrepresents, distorts or otherwise falsifies the facts regarding my opponent(s).

I ASSUME personal control and responsibility for the conduct of my campaign.