The Canvassing Board at the Collier County Supervisor of Elections started its work on October 1 with “Logic and Accuracy” testing of all the computers’ performance. This very strict set of legal procedures resulted in no computer errors. The Collier County elections process to count ballots is ready and accurate. Diane Moore and Cynthia Cromwell attended as LWVCC observers.
League members know that LWV is a nonpartisan organization. This means that we do not support or oppose any political party or candidate. We do however, take positions on selected governmental issues after member study and agreement. This approach of focusing on issues, not parties or politicians, ensures that the League’s voice is heard above the tumult of party politics while also being able to host respected candidate and issue forums to educate voters.
Our members are active politically. We’re proud that a number of members have run or are currently running for office this year. Others serve on campaigns. As the new season kicks off and as mid-term elections approach, please review the LWVCC’s Nonpartisan Policy, which was approved in 2010.
A few highlights:
- Except for Voter Services Committee meetings where all candidates are being discussed in regards to voter education activities, discussion of candidates is to be avoided at all League meetings.
- Campaign literature is not to be distributed at League meetings. There may be a designated area for campaign literature at Candidate Forums.
- Campaign items may be worn by League members, except LWVCC Board Members.
- Members in leadership roles have a responsibility to ensure an event’s nonpartisanship.
If there is a question or concern about the League’s policies, please contact the LWVCC.
People have been expressing their disappointment over the League’s cancellation of the US Representative Districts 19 and 25 candidate forum. We share your disappointment. Open dialog and exchange of ideas and opinions are key to our democracy and we were looking forward to providing Collier County citizens with the opportunity to hear from all candidates in these races.
In May we began contacting all candidates prior to the Primary to “save the date” for a forum on September 17th. Communications over the summer led us to be optimistic that candidates would be available. However, we were wrong.
One of League’s core missions is to encourage voting and educating on issues. However, we also do not support a candidate or party.
Over many years, the League at the national, state and local levels has developed best practices and guidelines for debates and forums:
For Federal races (U.S. House, U.S. Senate) an empty chair debate (where only one candidate is present) can NOT be held as it can be considered an “in-kind” contribution or providing “something of value” to a federal candidate by the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) and thus subject to the contributions or expenditures limitations, reporting requirements and prohibitions of federal election laws.” (Source: FAQ’s Candidate Forums – Debates)