Holding a Candidate Forum

Voter education is vital in a democratic society, and schools can play a vital role in the process. One common form of voter education is to hold a candidate forum. Planning is important to the success of the forum.

  • Find another organization to sponsor the non-partisan forum
  • Identify the non-partisan purpose of the forum
  • Set the date, time, and place
  • Set criteria for candidate involvement
  • Invite the candidates
  • Plan for a variety of elements
    • Write-in candidates
    • Candidates who cannot attend
    • Audio and/or video hook ups
    • Time limits

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