Where Have All The Voters Gone? Re Engaging Voters In 2015

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Please plan to come and participate in a community forum called "Where Have All the Voters Gone?". This forum will be a non-partisan community dialogue on why voter turnout was the lowest in decades (50% in Clark County) and how we can not only get those voters back to the ballot box in 2015, but also bring back those who did vote in 2014.

Co-hosted by the League of Women Voters, NAACP-Clark County, League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), and the National Women's Coalition Against Violence and Exploitation (NWCAVE), it will include presentations from Vancouver City Councilmember Jack Burkman on some turnout data and mapping from the 2014 general election, Betty Sue Morris on what's at stake in the 2015 elections, Greg Kimsey on the Elections office observations (and hopefully part of the discussion of what the Auditor's office can do to help implement some of the voter re-engagement suggestions), and myself (Chuck Green) on the voter/non-voter survey we did last fall. A thank you to Councilmember Anne McEnerny-Ogle and LWV for help in arranging for the facilities and for CVTV.

There will be opportunities for those attending to provide questions and suggestions to those participating in this roundtable format discussion.

The major political parties have been invited to be represented, as I think they need to hear what the community is saying and hopefully, engage in a civil discussion about what they can do to commit to helping get voters back. Deanna Pauli-Hammond, Chair of the Clark County Democratic Party, has committed. We hope to have someone from the Clark County Republican Party there to represent the GOP at the forum, I have heard from the Chair of the Clark County Tea Party and they are interested.

I have been working with Dr. Carolyn Long of WSU- Vancouver's Political Science Department to help craft an agenda and flow of this discussion, because we are time-constrained.

More about this soon. The Forum will be Sunday, April 26, 4-5:30 PM at the Vancouver Community Library's Columbia Room.

This event will also be broadcast on CVTV. The room's capacity is about 120 persons, so let's fill it.

Thanks to High Five Media for the flyer.
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