League of Women Voters | Rochester Metropolitan Area, Rochester, NY

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Candidate Forums

LWV-RMA is pleased to announce our Candidate Forums for the General Election:

Thursday, October 1, 7 - 8:30 pm. 55th Senate District (Samra Brouk & Christopher Missick) with the North Winton Village Neighborhood Association. Click here to watch.

Wednesday, October 7, 7 - 8 pm, Monroe County Clerk (Karla Boyce & Jamie Romeo) with WROC-TV8. Click here to watch

Tuesday, October 20, 7 - 8 pm, 56th Senate District (Mike Barry & Jeremy Cooney) with WROC-TV8. Click here to watch.

Wednesday, October 21, 7 - 8 pm, 135th Assembly District (Mark Johns & Jen Lunsford) with WROC-TV8. Click here to watch.

We also planned a forum for the 138th Assembly District co-sponsored by the South Wedge Planning Committee. Harry Bronson accepted our invitation, but Peter Vazquez declined, stating that he did not like our format. Because LWV policy prohibits a Candidate Event with only one candidate for an office, voters of the 138th AD will not have this opportunity to question either candidate.

Before you vote, visit Vote411.org, the League of Women Voters voter information website, to learn the positions of the candidates who will be on your ballot. The candidates for President down through town elections in Monroe County are posted.

Supporting Voters on Election Day

We are delighted to see how many people have come out for early voting.  We still anticipate thatlines may be long on election day. We want to help Rochester voters weather those long lines, probably in chilly weather.

How Can We Support Voters?

  • Warm beverages
  • Snacks
  • Chairs
  • Hand warmers

We won’t know until Nov. 3 where the problem spots are, but we can prepare so that we’re ready to swoop in to a few of the most congested polling sites to raise the spirits of weary voters.


Items We Need to Borrow

  • large (3 or 5 gallon) insulated beverage containers (the kind often seen at catered events or large church events)
  • 6 or 8 foot foldable tables (plastic, can be used outside even if it's drizzling)
  • 200 folding chairs (all metal or plastic, suitable for outside use)  

Supplies We Need

  • coffee beans or ground coffee
  • single-serving hot chocolate
  • paper cups with lids
  • stirrers
  • tea bags
  • sugar
  • cereal bars or other single serving snacks

Volunteers we need

  • Solicit and collect donations before election day
  • Help transport supplies (possessing a largish vehicle is ideal). Strong is also good!
  • Help transport folding chairs (using your own pickup truck or SUV would be ideal)
  • Serve beverages at a polling place
  • Act as captain of a team at a polling place, sorting out needs, making phone calls, and in general being a creative problem solver
  • Help voters take selfies with a life-size cutout of Frederick Douglass.
  • Drive around to scout polling sites for the state of the lines

Volunteers will be needed throughout the day, with the greatest need in the afternoon and evening. Our form has 2 hour shift.

Our form is long and more or less goes in the same order as our list of needs above. Sorry it's so long, but there's a lot of pieces to keep track of! If you just want to volunteer for a couple of hours serving coffee, you can skip through most of it to the end. 
Please let us know how you can help, by filling out our form here:
Thanks for your help!  If you have questions or suggestions, please contact us at voterservices@lwv-rma.org or call Barbara Grosh at 415-8251.

Sharing their interpretations of the political climate and election outcomes will be:

Timothy Kneeland, Ph.D, Professor & Chairperson Political Science & History, Nazareth College; and

Jarred Jones, Director of Major Gifts, VOTE.org.

Dr. Kneeland has led similar discussions for the League several times after major national elections and his presentations are always well received. Plan to attend this timely session.

Register now: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/public-forum-on-the-2020-election-results-political-trends-on-zoom-registration-126657151951

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Our own YouTube channel

The League of Women Voters of the Rochester Metropolitan Area proudly announces that we have our own YouTube channel where you can view our past forums.

Podcasts of our forum panelists on Connections with Evan Dawson on WXXI-1370 FM are available.

Click here for links to the available videos and podcasts of our forums.


The League is a nonpartisan, political organization which encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. The League is NOT limited to women — men can join in Making Democracy Work as well.

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