The Baltimore County Public Library in Towson and the League of Women Voters announced Wednesday a series of election programs on immigration, health care, and the economy to educate voters before next month's election.
"These are all issues that affect Maryland voters, and what the League tries to do is make sure we have an informed citizenry," Tracy Miller, co-president of the Baltimore County League of Women Voters, said.
The programs begin on Oct. 11 with "Your Vote and Immigration," will be moderated by Martin Ford, associate director of the Maryland Office of Refugees and Asylees, and will feature a variety of opinions on the DREAM Act.
Panelists include Mark Kirkorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies; Tamar Jacoby, president of ImmigrationWorksUSA; and Patricia Chiriboga-Roby, office director of the World Relief Immigration Legal Clinic.
"We were very careful to be non-partisan and try to present all sides of the issue," Miller said. "The idea is that they will present information about their philosophy or their organization's philosophy regarding immigration and the DREAM Act, which is a pretty contentious issue."
On Wednesday, Oct. 17, "Your Vote and Your Healthcare" will feature Leni Preston, chair of the Maryland Women's Coalition; Carolyn Quattrocki, director of the Maryland Governor's Office of Healthcare Reform, and Rebecca Peace, director of the Health Benefit Exchange of Maryland discussing Maryland's health care issues and proposed changes by the presidential candidates.
"That's just informing Marylanders how to take advantage of the health care exchange and things like that," Miller said.
The final pre-election session on Thursday, Oct. 25 will be moderated by former Baltimore Sun writer and current T. Rowe Price Internal Communications Editorial Manager Brian Sullam and will focus on economic issues.
Panelists include John Aniban Basu, Chairman and CEO of Sage Policy Group; R. Andrew Bauer of the Baltimore office of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, and Daraius Irani, Associate Vice President of the Division of Economics and Community Outreach and Director of the Economic Studies Institute at Towson University.
All three pre-election programs run from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Additionally, beginning at 8 p.m. on election night, political analyst and Johns Hopkins University political science professor Mathew Crenson will provide commentary as election returns become available.
All four events are free and open to the public, with refreshments served at each event.