Vote responsibly

Are you ready for the Nov. 6 elections? Check out these resources to be sure.

Three prominent leaders on stage for the "A Primer on the Midterm Election" event.
Right to left: Supervisor of Palm Beach County Elections and former Rep. Susan Bucher, R-Fla.; President and CEO of Limited Express and Executive Director of Ruth’s List Florida, Pamela Goodman, and Supervisor of Elections for Broward County Dr. Brenda Snipes join Lynn University’s Dr. Robert Watson, professor of American History, during the 2018 A Primer on the Midterm Election. Photo courtesy of Paul Ristuccia, Lynn University student

Midterm elections are one week away. And, in a world filled with political hostility, Dr. Robert Watson, renowned author and professor of American history at Lynn University, encourages all members of the Lynn community to vote—and to vote responsibly.

To support informed voting, Watson hosted last Thursday “A Primer on the Midterm Election of 2018.” The event was part of the Dialogue Speaker Series. It featured three of Florida’s most prominent female election leaders who joined Watson to explain the importance of voting, how the process works, and voters’ options and rights. They also reviewed the various amendments on this year’s ballot. The event was followed by a small group session with Lynn students and guests.

History in the making

Robert Watson
Dr. Robert Watson

For 26 years, Watson has published a biennial publication titled “Your Ballot in Plain English.” Its purpose, according to Watson, is to help citizens understand the intentions behind each proposed amendment; what parties, people and organizations are for/against each issue, and which organizations and individuals are fundraising for/against each issue.

“Over the years, elements to watch out for have included double negatives and states trying to add items to their constitutions that have no business in it,” said Robert Watson. “It’s easy to vote items into the constitution, but it’s much harder to vote them out.”

For more information about early voting centers and additional resources, visit PBCElections.org. For information about the issues, review Watson’s "Your Ballot in Plain English," or visit Ballotopedia.org and Vote411’s voter guide.

For more Dialogue Speaker Series events, visit lynn.edu/events.

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