Forums, web pages explore candidates, issues as election approaches

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With the state and national election less than four weeks away, several election forums and events are scheduled at UC Santa Cruz. In addition, the campus has prepared a comprehensive web page with information on candidates, state ballot initiatives, and deadlines for registering to vote.

UCSC's government relations office has published vote.ucsc.edu and will continue to update it with the latest voter information. Vote.ucsc.edu has links to voter registration sites and information on several election forums and events scheduled on campus over the next three weeks.  The page also has links to other related sites such as the county Elections Office and California Secretary of State's office.

Monday, October 22 is the last day to register and still be eligible to vote in the November 6 election.

October 22 is also the third and final presidential debate. A debate-watching event is set for 6 p.m. at the College Nine and Ten multipurpose room followed by an election forum featuring John Laird (Stevenson, '72, politics), California's Secretary of Natural Resources. Laird and other panelists will that will look at the potential impacts to the state from the election.

One ballot initiative that will undoubtedly impact the state is Proposition 30, Gov. Jerry Brown's "Schools and Local Public Safety Protection Act." More information on Proposition can be found at vote.ucsc.edu and  news.ucsc.edu/2012/09/about-prop-30.html.