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Forum Recording Policy

What is the policy of the LWV on public recording of forums?

Recording Policy

League of Women Voters of Richardson

Statement on policy concerning recording of candidate forums

March 31, 2011

The League of Women Voters of Richardson (LWV-R) provides the public with unedited videotapes of our candidate forums. We show the forums in their entirety, whether on the Internet or public access television.

To ensure that information is not manipulated to create false or misleading impressions, LWV-R has a longstanding policy of not allowing the public to record candidate forums. This policy is based on guidance from both the League of Women Voters of the United States and the League of Women Voters of Texas.

It has come to our attention that the Texas Open Meetings Act might be interpreted as applying to some candidate forums, in which case the policy of not allowing the recording of those forums might be in conflict with provisions of the Act. Following investigation with several government entities, the matter is still unclear.

Thus, until further information is obtained, the League of Women Voters of Richardson will suspend its policy of not allowing public recording of candidate forums.

We will continue to videotape our forums and make the complete, unedited video available to the public.