Since its founding 1920, the League of Women Voters has held candidate debates to inform and educate voters. This is part of the League’s mission to encourage the informed and active participation of citizens in government.In 1992, state and local Leagues of Women Voters sponsored more debates than any other organization in the United States. Candidate debates have become an expected part of political campaigns.
“When candidates decline to participate in a televised debate in Tucson, it shows disrespect for Pima County and its voters,” said the League’s voter service chairwoman,Sue DeArmond in a recent Tucson Daily Star news article.
Debateshave become institutionalized as part of the political process. Itis disheartening when candidates DO NOT participate in debates. Who loses out?–the Voter.
by: LWVAZ Presidents
Published November 2014