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League and NAACP partner with Byrd Center on civic education

On Wednesday, October 11 The Robert C. Byrd Center for Congressional History and Educations will screen the documentary film I Voted? as the second program in a new series of events focusing on civic education and voting issues.  The series, which includes public discussions, film screenings, and talks, was developed through the cooperative efforts of the Byrd Center for Congressional History and Education, Shepherd University’s Lifelong Learning program, the League of Women Voters of Jefferson County, the Jefferson County Branch of the NAACP, the Republican Party of Jefferson County, Democrats of Jefferson County, the Libertarian Party of West Virginia, and the Mountain Party (the WV affiliate of the U.S. Green Party).

“Interest in basic civic education is on the rise after the last presidential election,” said Ray Smock, current director of the Byrd Center for Congressional History and Education and former Historian at the U.S. House of Representatives, “and I find this a positive and healthy trend. We developed these events to help inform and improve civic education and to provide a place where we can discuss specific issues in a friendly, informative, and non-partisan atmosphere.”

I Voted?  investigates U.S. elections systems and highlights glaring deficiencies within our election security that have been largely ignored.  The program will held in the Byrd Center Auditorium on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 from 6:30 - 8:30 PM.  As a special bonus, I Voted? writer/director Jason Scott Smith will participate in a remote Q&A following the screening.

On Wednesday November 8, West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner will conduct two talks focusing on the processing and integrity of ballot handling in the Mountain State.  The first talk will be held in the Robert C. Byrd Center for Congressional History and Education auditorium from 3-5 PM.  The second talk will occur in the Erma Ora Byrd Hall auditorium from 7-9 PM.  Each talk will include a Q&A session.

The series kicked off on September 26, 2017.  Jay Wyatt, Director of Programs and Research at the Byrd Center, led a morning talk titled “Where Have All the Voters Gone,” with members of Shepherd University’s Lifelong Learning program.  The talk, which drew near forty attendees, focused on voter participation in America within historical and contemporary contexts.

All events in the series are free and open to the public, however seating is limited and interested parties are strongly encouraged to reserve seats in advance.  Seats can be reserved by calling the Byrd Center for Congressional History and Education at 304-876-5648 or by emailing Mr. Jody Brumage at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).                   

To learn more about this series or the organizations supporting it, plhttp://jcwvnaacp.org/ease check

http://www.byrdcenter.org/,  https://lwv-jcwv.org/,  http://jcwvnaacp.org/,

The political parties active in Jefferson County are also involved:

the Republican Party of Jefferson County, Democrats of Jefferson County, the Libertarian Party of West Virginia, and the Mountain Party (the WV affiliate of the U.S. Green Party).