SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner will conduct two talks focusing on the processing and integrity of elections in the Mountain State on the campus of Shepherd University on Wednesday Nov. 8.
The first talk will be held in the Robert C. Byrd Center for Congressional History and Education auditorium from 3-4:30 PM. The second talk will occur in the Erma Ora Byrd Hall auditorium from 7-8:30 PM. Each talk will include an audience Q&A session.
Mr. Warner’s talks are part of a new series 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,” 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 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’m honored to participate in this lecture series and discuss these important issues,” said Secretary Warner. “Our elections are an important part of our heritage as Americans and are looked upon as examples for the rest of the world. It’s important we secure our elections and make sure the public has faith in the integrity of the voting process.”
Previous events in the series included an October screening of the documentary film I Voted? at the Byrd Center for Congressional History and Education. The film, which investigates U.S. elections systems and highlights glaring deficiencies within our election security, was followed by a remote Q&A session with its writer/director/producer Jason Scott Smith.
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 [email protected]
About the Robert C. Byrd Center for Congressional History and Education: The mission of the Robert C. Byrd Center is to advance representative democracy by promoting a better understanding of the United States Congress and the Constitution through programs and research that engage citizens in the history of Congress. The Center is the home of the Robert C. Byrd Archive containing the papers and records of the Senator’s long career. More can be found at http://www.byrdcenter.org/