Ballot issue forum scheduled Oct. 23

Ballot issue forum scheduled Oct. 23 The University of South Dakota and W.O. Farber Center for Civic Leadership is sponsoring a ballot issue forum to describe and discuss the upcoming measures on the Nov. 5 ballot.

The South Dakota Ballot Issue Forum will be held on Oct. 23 from 7 to 9 p.m. in Old Main's Farber Hall on The University of South Dakota campus in Vermillion.

The event is free and open to the public. The forum's sponsors invite the public to participate in the discussions of the meanings of these measures and their relevance to contemporary South Dakota politics, according to Rich Braunstein of the Farber Center and USD Political Science Department. Representatives for and against each of the initiated measures on this year's ballot will participate in a two-hour forum to help citizens become more knowledgeable about the measures and to cast a more informed vote on Election Day.

Participating in the forum are the proponents and opponents who have made statements for and against these measures in the South Dakota Secretary of State's 2002 Voter Guide.

Leading the discussion on Amendment A will be proponent Bob Newland, freelance writer and publisher, and initiator of the amendment. Bob Frieberg, attorney and former president of the South Dakota Bar Association and past president of the South Dakota Board of Education, will lead the opposition for the amendment.

Leading the discussion on Measure 1 will be proponent Bob Weber, former state representative and lifelong farmer. Ken Albers, current state senator representing Lincoln and Union counties, will lead the opposition for Measure 1.

Each participant will limit their comments to fewer than five minutes so that the majority of time can be reserved for questions and comments by members of the community and statewide media.

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