Candidate Forum Rules
Each year, as a service to Plainfield voters, the League of Women Voters of Plainfield hosts a Candidates Forum prior to the fall election.* The policy for participation in the forum is as follows: All candidates are sent, via their campaign address of record, and via email, an invitation to participate in the league's candidate forum. LWV policy requires contested races for its forums. The LWV cannot hold a forum if only one candidate in a contested race is available. In addition, their biographical profiles, responses to questions, and photos are printed in the league's election publication--available in print and online. A state-trained moderator, sent from the state league (LWVNJ), conducts the forum.
Clarification regarding Write-In Candidates
After suggestions from the League of Women Voters of New Jersey (LWVNJ), the League of Women Voters of Plainfield will allow any citizen of Plainfield who is currently on the election ballot or a write-in candidate (who has an active campaign and is expected to receive at least 15% of the vote in the election) to participate in its election programs. All must submit biographical material and answers to the local League's questions to the LWV of Plainfield to be included in the forum and informational materials such as ads in a local newspaper.
A candidate who has agreed to take part in the Forum, and later finds out that he or she will not be able to attend, may submit an opening statement of the same length afforded the other candidates. The absent candidate's statement will be read by a member of the Plainfield LWV immediately following the opening statements of the candidates who are present at the Forum.
The time allotted to all candidates for their opening statements is not fixed, but is determined by the LWV Voters Services chairperson, predicated on the number of candidates who will be taking part in the Forum, and the amount of time accorded the LWV for its Forum by the host facility. Information about the amount of time for opening and closing statements, along with all guidelines and rules is given to all the candidates well in advance of the Forum.
*On occasion, the league has hosted municipal primary forums.