Monday, February 11, 2019

Voting Workshop Planned For North Creek

Town of Johnsburg Library illustrationThe Town of Johnsburg Library has announced an upcoming Civil Liberties Workshop, set for Thursday, February 28 from 6 to 7 pm.

Wendy L. Johnston, Assistant Professor of Political Science at SUNY Adirondack will speak on the importance of voting, changes to New York State’s voter registration requirements, and tools citizens can use to help inform their vote.

Voting is the means by which citizens in a democracy can hold their leaders accountable, and yet the United States trails dramatically behind other developed democracies in participation rates. It is estimated that only 58% of U.S. eligible voters cast a ballot in the 2016 election, compared to Belgium, Sweden, and Denmark where they experienced over 80% of their eligible voters casting a ballot in their last election.

Wendy L. Johnston is an Associate Professor of Political Science at SUNY Adirondack. Wendy received her BA in English from the College of St. Joseph, Rutland Vermont, and received her MA in Political Science and completed the course work towards a PhD in Political Science at the University at Albany (SUNY). Her research interests include Generational Politics, Politics and Media, and Digital Citizenship. Professor Johnston’s teaching touches on a broad array of political areas, including American Government, State and Local Government, Constitutional Law, International Relations and Comparative Politics.

Johnston has been recognized for her teaching and service to SUNY Adirondack, receiving the SUNY Adirondack’s President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, Junior Faculty (2011), the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service (2016).

This workshop is free and open to the public.

Town of Johnsburg Library is located at 219 Main Street, North Creek. For more information, visit their website.

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2 Responses

  1. Richard L Daly says:

    I am not likely to attend the event in Johnsburg. Don’t travel afar during Winter anymore. It’s been along time since grade 9 Civics class. Please, someone define “eligible voter” as it applies to voting in NY. Is proof of CITIZENSHIP (in addition to residence) required at time of initial registration? Does the US Constitution require this, at least as far as voting on Federal candidates? Thank you!

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