Murray Puts Carney on Defense on Small Business

Murray Offers Solutions; Carney Offers Virtue Signaling

When I travel across the state, I hear Delawareans say that they want to reopen their businesses and go back to work”

— Julianne Murray

SEAFORD, DE, UNITED STATES, September 23, 2020 / — Career politician, John Carney and his Administration are playing defense today after Julianne Murray pointed out the failures on small business during last night’s debate.

Murray exposed the record economic hardship Carney’s administration has caused for small business. She not only pointed it out during the Zoom discussion, but also on social media. It struck a nerve and the Carney administration has tried to respond.

Carney’s Deputy Chief of Staff Johnathan Starkey took to tweeting to respond to the Murray campaign.

Starkey tweeted, “Delaware small businesses are the backbone of our economy and they have made considerable sacrifices during the COVID-19 crisis. We owe them our gratitude and support @JohnCarneyDE. He did this linking an article to state grants to his tweet

To which the Murray campaign responded, “Thank you @jwstarkey for showing clear examples of @JohnCarneyDE virtue signaling, however we both know this isn’t what small businesses want. They can’t support their families with these grants. And they are highly restrictive. They want to work, not receive a handout.

“Carney and his Administration have suddenly rediscovered small businesses after they shut them down for months,” said Murray. “It is a shame that small businesses pleas fell on deaf ears for months. Are we supposed to believe that they now care as we quickly approach the election?”

“When I travel across the state, I hear Delawareans say that they want to reopen their businesses and go back to work,” continued Murray. “They tell me that John Carney doesn’t get it. They don’t understand why he said it was ok for the big box stores to stay open but not their businesses. They are sick and tired of a Governor and state government that looks down their nose at them.”

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Career Experts Present Job Search Strategies During COVID: How to Find and Get Job in a Virtual World Friday, Sept. 25

Job Search Strategies During COVID Webinar Friday, 9/25

Books by Christy Noel, Your Career Survival Guide and Your Personal Career Coach

Career Advice for a new economy featuring Author Christy Noel at home

Career Advice for a new economy from Author Christy Noel

Author Christy Noel hosts free job search webinar with career experts, contributors to new career book to help those impacted by the economic downturn

Yes, you can find a job in a pandemic. But you’d better learn how to stand out and how to come across well in the virtual world. We hope to help job seekers do just that.”

— Christy Noel

SAN DIEGO, CA, USA, September 23, 2020 / — As the effects of the worldwide pandemic continue to impact the economy and change the way we conduct business, over 30 million U.S. workers are left jobless and struggling to find employment in a new virtual work world. To help those impacted by the pandemic, Los Angeles, CA-based Christy Noel, career expert and co-author of "Your Personal Career Coach. Real-World Experiences for Early Career Success" (Sept. 30, BBL Publishing), will host a free webinar with several of the book’s contributing authors and career experts. The live webinar, "Job Search Strategies During COVID", starts at 11 am PDT / 2 pm EDT Friday, September 25th and will include a live Q&A session with the presenters and a complimentary copy of Noel’s ebook, "Your Complete Guide to Cover Letters!" Registration is free at .

“I am excited to share these effective job search strategies to help those who are being challenged by today's job market.” says author, Christy Noel. “I am honored to be joined by my fellow "Your Personal Career Coach” authors who will share their own expertise so our attendees can realize better and faster results in their job hunt.”

Noel has enlisted a panel of three other career experts to discuss ways to land a job during this trying time. The panelists are:
Christy Noel: Career Expert and the author of "Your Career Survival Guide: How to Get and Keep a Job in Times of Crisis" and co-author of Your Personal Career Coach: Real-World Experiences for Early Career Success" ; Cary Stockdell: CEO of Stockdell-Stringer, a leadership solutions and executive search firm;
Dana Leavy-Detrick: director and founder of Brooklyn Resume Studio and Canna Career Partners;
Michele Lando: professional resume writer and founder of Write Styles.

“When Christy asked me to participate in this webinar, of course I said yes.” says Stockdell. “I've seen too many people making their job search harder on themselves because of mistakes that can be easily overcome.”

Job Search Strategies During COVID will deliver actionable advice and practical tips to create more momentum while job hunting in today’s environment. The contributing authors of Your Personal Career Coach will share strategies on how to stand out, get noticed, and land a job during COVID-19.

You’ll learn:
– 5 common mistakes job seekers are making that are keeping them from getting noticed
– 3 secrets hiring managers are looking for on your resume
– How to optimize your LinkedIn profile so hiring managers reach out to you with jobs
– Mastering the video job interview to get hired
– Answers to your most pressing questions in a live Q&A

Dana Leavy-Detrick adds, “I look forward to sharing tips and advice to help today's job seeker get noticed in a crowded and competitive job market. I know with the experience of the panel, we will be able to help a lot of professionals.”

With the expertise of the four panelists, the webinar will cover key components of searching for a job in a virtual world with their focus on exposing the common mistakes applicants make that prevent them from being hired and little known tips to maximize their success. Each panelist will share their experiences to jump start a job search by getting ahead of the competition with simple, but overlooked strategies, such as boosting a LinkIn profile that will grow a network of contacts.

Stockdell will tackle the most common mistakes applicants make throughout their job search, from relying only on job postings online, to not preparing well enough for job interviews, to not knowing their market value.
Leavy-Detrick, a master at LinkedIn, will focus on how to use a LinkedIn profile to maximize your visibility and network using important profile sections and keywords.
Lando will share the top three things employers look for when scanning a resume.
Noel, who recently released Your Career Survival Guide: How to Get and Keep a Job in Times of Crisis, will round out the panel with her insight on preparing for the virtual interview.
All attendees will receive a copy of Noel’s ebook, Your Complete Guide to Cover Letters! and will have a chance to ask the panelists questions directly in a live Q&A session.

Noel shares more advice and tools for getting started and getting ahead in your career on her website and blog, Her book, "Your Personal Career Coach: Real-Life Stories for Early Career Success", written with her father, Mike Noel, and 25 contributing authors, is set for a September 30th release date and is the first in a series of “Your Personal Career Coach” books. Noel’s books deliver real-world advice in short and engaging stories to help the reader land a job and propel their career. She has been featured in OC Register, Huff Post, Ladders, CBS-8 San Diego, UpJourney, The Leadershift Project, Stilettos on the Ground, and more.

About the Panelists:
Christy Noel ( is a career expert, author, award-winning marketing executive, and nonprofit fundraising strategist based in Los Angeles. She is a regular contributor of career advice to the media, podcasts and online publications. Christy is a virtual mentor who helps you get hired, get ahead, and build a rewarding career.

Cary Stockdell is the CEO of Stockdell-Stringer, a Houston, TX – based leadership solutions consulting practice, and an award winning, international executive leadership consultant. He has over 35 years working in executive-talent acquisition, executive coaching and the design and implementation of top-tier HR programs and systems.

Dana Leavy-Detrick (is a senior resume writer and personal brand strategist who has helped thousands of professionals in a variety of industries navigate career transition and develop high-impact marketing tools. She is the director and founder of two niche personal branding and resume writing firms in New York City, Brooklyn Resume Studio and Canna Career Partners.

Michele Lando is a certified professional resume writer, personal branding expert, and founder of Write Styles based in Del Mar, CA. Aiming to help create a perfect personal branding package, Michele strives to help

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Pandemic Parenting is Causing Additional Stress to Families – a Global Movement will Provide Additional Support.

Parenting in a Pandemic

Great Parenting Simplified – Pandemic Parenting Movement

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Great Parenting Simplified has supported 40,000 families in over 101 countries, is seeking to expand community-based support to parents and caregivers globally.

We believe that parents need help more than ever,”

— Jacqueline Green, founder and CEO of the nonprofit cooperative, GPS.

EDMONTON, ALBERTA, CANADA, September 23, 2020 / — The intensity and uncertainty that COVID has brought have impacted everybody. Great Parenting Simplified (GPS) has seen additional calls for support during the pandemic. More and more families are breaking down, with mental illness, coparenting strife including divorce, and a rise of serious behaviour issues.

Many people know families who are struggling but don’t know the best way to help. GPS set up the Pandemic Parenting Movement, for people to come together and let parents know that we acknowledge that parenting is hard, and parenting in a pandemic can be nearly impossible. Parents and caregivers need to know that people understand and that there is a real, tangible village to support them.

“We believe that parents need help more than ever,” said Jacqueline Green, founder and CEO of the nonprofit cooperative, GPS. “Over the past 10 years, we have delivered effective and pragmatic help online, whether it be through community support, training for a specific need such as anxiety or co-parenting, one on one coaching or group support. We know our program is effective and can provide long term solutions.”

People who want to support the movement can go online to and meet parents who have benefited from finding their GPS. Here people can join the movement and donate to get help themselves, or for someone they know, or put their donation towards general funds for families in need.

The movement seeks to raise $75,000 to train more coaches so that more families can be helped and to help remove financial barriers to taking the program.


About Great Parenting Simplified
As a non-profit movement, Great Parenting Simplified has supported over 40,000 parents across 101 countries over the past 10 years. We provide a safe space where parents know they will receive simple and actionable support from peers and certified parent coaches to help transform their relationships within their family. During the current pandemic, we want to be able to expand our program to offer it to more parents in need. #PandemicParenting

We have a proven and effective on-line program that can provide the support families need. It includes:-
– Supportive and practical private online community
– Live coaching calls
– Focused training for specific needs highlighted by the pandemic such as anxiety or co-parenting
– Access to global parenting experts through our Great Parenting Show

For media enquiries or interviews please contact Victoria Bennett +1 403 589 7992
Local spokespeople are available globally too.

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Bennett Milner Williams Consulting Ltd
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LSI Consulting Announces Reseller Agreement for SAP Concur Solutions

BOSTON, MA, USA, September 23, 2020 / — LSI Consulting – a premier provider of enterprise solutions to government, utility, healthcare, and educational institutions – today announced a reseller agreement for SAP® Concur® solutions, the world’s leading brand for integrated travel, expense, and invoice management. As part of this agreement, LSI will now offer Concur® Travel & Expense, Concur® Expense, and Concur® Invoice to its customers.

“Our customers face complex travel policies and processing rules that are currently supported with unintegrated and paper-intensive processes. SAP Concur travel and expense management solutions are easy-to-use, cloud-based tools that increase efficiency, decrease processing time, and eliminate paper. LSI is excited to bring these solutions to our customers as they seek to transform their business processes to run better,” said Shyam Jajodia, LSI’s Chief Solution Architect and Executive Vice President.

SAP Concur solutions automate spend management, allowing LSI to offer significant value to its customers by helping them with their travel, expense, and invoice processes.

About LSI Consulting
LSI was founded in 1998 with a mission to transform government, national security, healthcare and education via the adoption of best-in-class business practices and digitalization. Fast forward to today and LSI leverages secure and cutting-edge technologies engineered by SAP to create the Intelligent Public Enterprise for Federal, State, Local Government, Education and Healthcare organizations.

Looking for the right partner managed cloud for your public sector enterprise? Reach LSI at, visit their website at, or follow them on social media.

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SAP and other SAP products and services mentioned herein as well as their respective logos are trademarks or registered trademarks of SAP SE in Germany and other countries. Please see for additional trademark information and notices. All other product and service names mentioned are the trademarks of their respective companies.

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8th Annual Plan to Give Conference for Financial Professionals Focused on Charitable Giving Strategies.

2020 Plan to Give Sponsors

Plan to Give is Tampa Bay's premier annual event designed to educate and inspire attorneys, CPAs, financial planners and their clients around giving.

CLEARWATER, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, September 23, 2020 / — Register today for the National Christian Foundation Tampa Bay's 8th annual Plan to Give conference designed to educate and inspire attorneys, CPAs, financial planners, and their clients around giving.

Attendees are eligible to receive up to 3 hours of CE credit (CFP/CLE). The cost is only $49.

Come hear David Wills and Jeanne McMains discuss non-liquid assets, including private closely-held businesses, which are often overlooked as a source of charitable giving.

You will also hear from Bob Doll, Senior Portfolio Manager & Chief Equity Strategist at Nuveen Wealth Management

And Bill Sutton Jr., Regional Philanthropy Advisor, Southeast at Excellence in Giving.

DATE: November 4th, 2020
TIME: 7:30 am to 11:45 am EST
LOCATION: ZOOM live webinar. Please register and pay. Then the zoom registration link will be sent to you. Our In-person capacity has sold out due to COVID restrictions.

Please register on our website:

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Almost 410,000 Reached in a Campaign to Protect Children and Parental Rights

The most recent report on the Baker Act revealed that there were more than 36,000 initiations on children in a single year, with over 4,000 of these children under the age of 10.

The most recent report on the Baker Act revealed that there were more than 36,000 initiations on children in a single year, with over 4,000 of these children under the age of 10.

It is a fundamental right of parents to direct the upbringing, education, and care of their minor children.

It is a fundamental right of parents to direct the upbringing, education, and care of their minor children.

The Florida chapter of CCHR is a non-profit mental health watchdog dedicated to the protection of children.

The Florida chapter of CCHR is a non-profit mental health watchdog dedicated to the protection of children.

The headquarters for CCHR Florida are located in downtown Clearwater.

The headquarters for CCHR Florida are located in downtown Clearwater.

 Florida law allows for a child of any age to be taken into custody and sent for an involuntary psychiatric examination.

Florida law allows for a child of any age to be taken into custody and sent for an involuntary psychiatric examination.

Watchdog organization is calling the abusive use of the Baker Act a serious threat to the rights of parents in Florida.

We are receiving reports of the screening of children without parental consent and this is just one reason why the mental health law should be amended and a Parents’ Bill of Rights passed.”

— Diane Stein, President CCHR Florida

CLEARWATER, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, September 23, 2020 / — Viewed as a statewide problem, the number of children sent for involuntary psychiatric examinations, called a Baker Act, has been steadily climbing for almost two decades and with many parents only finding out their child has been taken into custody after the fact, it is possibly one of the greatest risks to parental rights in the state.

With the most recent report on the Baker Act revealing that there were more than 36,000 initiations on children in a single year, with over 4,000 of these children under the age of 10, leading expert on mental health human rights, the Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) views the failure to recognize the rights of a parent when a child is Baker Acted as a gross violation. [1]

As a result, CCHR Florida expanded their campaign to amend the Baker Act to require parental notification before the initiation of a Baker Act to include parental rights in general with a focus on invasive mental health programs and screenings.

“It is a fact that a significant percentage of children being Baker Acted do not meet the criteria for initiation,” stated Diane Stein, president of CCHR Florida. “And now that school is back in session, we are also receiving reports of the covert mental health screening of children without parental consent. This is why the Baker Act should be amended and a Parents’ Bill of Rights passed.” [2]

In response to these concerns, CCHR Florida has made a free eBook available to anyone wanting to know more about parental rights and have used social media to reach almost 410,000 people since the campaign was launched. CCHR is also mailing copies of these booklets to school districts, Parent Student Teacher Associations, law enforcement and other groups across the state resulting in requests for hundreds of more booklets for use with School Resource Officers.

“People should not have to struggle to find out what rights they have when confronted by a situation involving their child. This is why we have produced this booklet and are making it available free of charge to anyone who needs help,” said Diane Stein

Additionally, CCHR has been working together with law enforcement and with school districts on the adoption of internal policies to require parental notification and involvement in situations that would normally result in a Baker Act initiation. So far over 100 police departments, Sheriff’s Offices and School Districts have adopted policies that will better protect children and the rights of parents.

CCHR encourages parents who wish to know more about their rights to visit their website where they can download a free copy of the eBooklet.

About CCHR: Initially established by the Church of Scientology and renowned psychiatrist Dr. Thomas Szasz in 1969, CCHR’s mission is to eradicate abuses committed under the guise of mental health and enact patient and consumer protections. L. Ron Hubbard, founder of Scientology, first brought psychiatric imprisonment to wide public notice: “Thousands and thousands are seized without process of law, every week, over the ‘free world’ tortured, castrated, killed. All in the name of ‘mental health,’” he wrote in March 1969. For more information please visit

[1] Baker Act Reporting Center

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Murray Wins Debate

Offers Clear Vision for Delaware’s Future

Career politician John Carney has failed the state of Delaware”

— Julianne Murray

SEAFORD, DE, UNITED STATES, September 23, 2020 / — Republican gubernatorial nominee, Julianne Murray, was the clear winner against John Carney at the Biennial Candidates’ Forum sponsored by the Wilmington Chapter of Hadassah and the Jewish Community Relations Committee of the Jewish Federation of Delaware. Murray offered a clear and optimistic vision for Delaware’s future in contrast to career politician John Carney. She showed clear passion while Carney was listless and appeared to be reading his answers from a script.

Murray spoke about getting Delaware’s economy moving again and that the citizens of Delaware need a governor who is beholden to them and not the special interests in Dover as is John Carney.

Rather than give into the politics of fear that voters have seen from Carney, Murray said we must combat the fear. She said that she was running for small businesses that were disregarded by Carney, and for parents that don’t have the choice to send their children to school full time and for the students that want to get back to school and extracurricular activities. Murray said that she was running to stop the “unconstitutional power grab” that Delaware citizens have been subjected to by Carney.

“Career politician John Carney has failed the state of Delaware,” said Julianne Murray. Restaurants and other businesses have suffered nearly a billion dollars in losses because of the Carney shutdown with no relief in sight. Unemployment in the state is out of control.

“We can do better,” continued Murray. “Delaware is better than this and deserves better.”

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AmericaU Launches the 21st Century Career Program for Primary School Kids

AmericaU teaches kids around the world to create wealth, health & character – now we're bringing our revolutionary kid-driven, game-based learning to America

We aren't teaching our kids the right life and job-skills to succeed in new world. We need to help these kids get prepared to become the economic drivers of the new global economy”

— Scott Dow

WASHINGTON , DC, UNITED STATES, September 23, 2020 / — AmericaU is the world’s first university for kids and their families. In the making for years with millions of students served around the world. Our family-driven, game-based learning model has been researched and published by Harvard as a better way for kids to learn. It becomes a supplement to regular school and motivates kids to learn entrepreneurship, health & wellness, character, civics and careers while facilitating family-based learning. With just 30-45 mins per day before or after school, our students can learn the life and job-skills of success without a teacher or classroom.

"Given the current pandemic, and even before the pandemic, we were not teaching our kids the right life and job-skills to succeed in a completely different world than today. Its time to use the technology we have and help these kids get prepared to become the economic drivers of the new global economy." states Scott Dow, President of AmericaU.

Kids love to spend time in our game – its just like Minecraft and other popular games, but it has life and career skills embedded into the gameplay. They can learn and experience the following careers:

Mobile Tech/IOT
Public Service/Military
User Experience
Health & Wellness

We call this CTE squared (Career and Technical Entrepreneurship Education which is an updated version of the old CTE career outline that was created decades ago and excludes many of the future job opportunities.

Just imagine primary school age kids learning about job-skills and careers outside of regular school hours and experiencing what its really like to do the work – and you have a good picture of what AmericaU is bringing to these kids and their families and schools.

About AmericaU
AmericaU is a world leader in kid-driven, game-based learning that uses gaming to motivate kids to learn how to create wealth, health, good character and 21st century life and job-skills. Over the past 8 years, more than 10 million kids have learned how to be a successful citizen and global worker and leader. Working with organizations like Harvard, the US Dept of Justice and many non-profit and corporate leaders, AmericaU has become a supplemental learning platform for kids to learn life and job-skills such as entrepreneurship, health & wellness, character, civics and other 21st century skills. For more information go to

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Vince Imhoff, Managing Director of Imhoff & Associates, Give DUI/DWI Traffic Stop Advice

Vincent Imhoff

Imhoff & Associates

By Vince Imhoff

LOS ANGELES, CA, UNITED STATES, September 22, 2020 / — I’m Vincent Imhoff and I have a nationwide criminal offense law firm that over the last 15 years, we represented thousands of people for DUI. Today, I'm going to talk to you about some of the things you can do to make sure that if police stop you, you can survive that arrest hopefully without a conviction for DUI. One of the many things you can do is politely refuse to help the police convict you. By that, I mean that you do not have to take tests; you do not have to take the breath test and you don't have to do field sobriety tests.

But what will happen is there will be an automatic suspension on your driver’s license, but you will not give the police evidence against you, which is the most important part. So, when they ask if you want to give a breath test you don't have to say yes, you can say no. If you give a breath test, your lawyer will then have to come in and determine whether or not that test was given to properly. Was the machine properly calibrated, was the operator of the machine properly trained with a proper certificate, is the certification up-to-date? Those are all things that can be done to make sure that that test is as accurate as possible. But, the best thing that could be done for that is you politely refuse that test because then there's no need for any of that other litigation and so you can survive the broadside style by not performing a breath test.

You can also survive the roadside stop by not engaging in any field sobriety tests. That means you don't let the officer judge how well you can touch your finger to your nose, or you don't let the officer judge how well you can walk in a straight line, or you refuse to stand on one foot and turn around, or any of those other gymnastics type physical test police officers give on the side of the road. If you do not engage in that they cannot then come to court and say how you did in those tests, they won't have that.

I also recommend that you do not engage in any conversation with the police. Don't tell them about your day and don't tell them you drank 2 beers that afternoon or that evening and then are just coming back from a friend’s birthday party. You say, “I'm sorry officer, I'm not going to tell you about my day”. Then at that point you just get your driver’s license, insurance card, your registration, and they go back to their car. But do not engage in conversation, everything you say to the police they will use to determine whether or not you were slurring your speech or whether you can formulate a sentence easily. Those things are objective facts that will come to court and testify about.


Imhoff & Associates, PC, provides the highest quality representation for individuals who have been accused of committing criminal offenses. They understand that people who come to them are going through some of the most stressful times in their lives and want these individuals to know they do not have to work through these matters alone. Their nationwide criminal defense attorneys are prepared to provide creative, hard-hitting defenses for clients across the nation, no matter what the case may entail, how complicated matters may seem, or what crimes the accused are charged with. "We have a powerful and highly experienced team of attorneys from different legal backgrounds in your area and we bring the determination to win, a great deal of resources, and extensive knowledge to every case we handle", states Imhoff & Associates. "Let us put our extensive experience and successful track record of defending thousands of clients to work defending you!"

If you have been accused of committing a criminal offense, it is essential that you reach out to their firm as soon as possible. The sooner you begin working with them, the sooner they can begin examining every detail surrounding your case, gathering all the evidence, and building the strongest defense possible. Because they have experienced lawyers throughout the nation, they are knowledgeable of every state’s criminal laws and know-how all of these states’ criminal proceedings are carried out.

"Individuals who turn to our firm for defense are met with respect, honesty, and diligence throughout the entirety of their case," states Imhoff & Associates. "No two cases are alike, and we ensure every client is provided with the customized defense needed to meet their unique needs. We believe in doing everything we can to put our client's minds at ease, which is why we also implement one-time, flat-fees. This means you do not have to worry about how long you are on the phone with us or how many times you meet with us; you will never be charged any hidden expenses." With Imhoff & Associates, it looks like no matter what your case entails, you will work with the right attorney for your case; someone who is from your area, is well-versed in that particular area of law, and knows how to customize the best possible defense for your specific case.

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Gardner-Webb Political Science Assistant Professor Shares Insights on the 2020 Election

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Dr. Elizabeth Amato

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Dr. Elizabeth Amato Discusses Effects of COVID-19 and Importance of Voting

Caring about local elections invests individuals in their communities. It's true participatory democracy. You have a heightened responsibility to care for your local community”

— Dr. Elizabeth Amato

BOILING SPRINGS, NC, UNITED STATES, September 22, 2020 / — The 2020 election is less than two months away. How will the COVID-19 pandemic affect turnout and voting? “No one actually knows,” observed Gardner-Webb University Assistant Professor of Political Science, Dr. Elizabeth Amato. “COVID-19 has shifted the usual playing field for both political parties.”

Amato is more than a casual observer. Politics and the American presidency are among her scholarly interests. In her classes, she stresses to students that voting is an important responsibility. In the following Q&A, Amato shares her thoughts on the issues surrounding the upcoming election.

Q: When looking at national level candidates, has the COVID-19 crisis impacted how people view both sides?
Amato: Absolutely. What will matter most of all is who voters praise or blame for the handling of COVID-19. Who will Americans hold responsible for the suffering COVID-19 and ensuing policies have caused? Who will Americans praise for their leadership and mitigating the worst of a bad situation?

Republicans really thought that they were going to run on the pre-COVID economy (a rising tide raises all boats), job creation, and plentiful appointments to the judiciary. Democrats really thought that they were going to run on Trump’s impeachment, an economy that has not served all Americans equally well, some fiery rhetoric about climate change, and hopes for progressive judicial appointments. COVID-19 upended those expectations, tossed 'em around like a hacky sack, and danced a jig on their heads.

Voters must evaluate candidates based on their performance during the crisis or their promises about what they will do. Voting during a crisis is much harder than during normal times. It’s risky and voters know that their decision will change lives.

The upside is that voters know that their vote matters for their fellow citizens, their friends, neighbors, and their loved ones. During an emergency, we better understand how precarious and precious self-government is.

Q: We have seen a great rise in the media on the topic of voting this fall, how does voting by mail impact election results?
Amato: Voting by mail is like voting in person. Voters should have every confidence that if they mail their ballots, they will be counted. Aside from a very few positions, the United States Postal Service is a civil service institution, and its members are hired on merit and regardless of their political views. The U.S Post Office is an amazing organization and more than capable of delivering ballots to citizens and receiving them. Don't forget this is the same organization that handles about 2.5 billion pieces of mail during the Christmas season.

Some things you can do: Request your absentee ballot early. Read carefully all the instructions on the ballot. Mail it in at least a week before the general election on Nov. 3.

Q: Does the coronavirus have the potential to impact voter turn-out, swing voters, and the makeup of the electorate, if so, how?
Amato: It’s not if COVID will impact voter turnout, it’s how. If I knew how COVID will impact turnout and the electorate, I’d be a senior campaign manager in high demand. America has had plenty of previous crises and emergencies that overlapped with elections. Lincoln and the 1864 election during the height of the Civil War springs to mind as the most challenging. But none presented a challenge in which voters might be too concerned for their health to go to the polls.

There are two opposing forces on voter turnout. People might stay away from the polls out of an abundance of caution. Or, they may make the effort to go to the polls since so much is at stake with the election, namely, our political leadership during the rest of this pandemic.
I'll go out on a limb here and make a few predictions. The great thing about studying politics is that you learn to be bold in making predictions. Not because you’re likely to be right, but because human beings are unpredictable and fascinating.

My predictions are likely disappointing—the numbers aren't going to shift that much. Because they rarely do. Crisis or not.

Seniors are always reliable voters, and I predict that seniors will still come to the polls or turn to absentee ballots. Seniors may be more strategic when they vote, favoring early voting or the early morning, but vote they will.

The bigger issue with seniors is that there's likely to be a decline in volunteers to serve at polling stations. Seniors are almost half of all polling stations volunteers.

People are always hopeful that the young will have high voter turnout and shift the election. This is wishful thinking. It’s wishful thinking because people want to "lock in" young voters as either Democrats and Republicans.

COVID won't draw more young people to the polls however much it affects their lives. If more young people go the polls, it will be out of concern for social justice reform and the racial justice protests from this summer.

Q: What do students need to know about voting—why is it important to vote?
Amato: You should vote.
When I ask students why don't they vote, they respond that they think it doesn't matter—their vote won't make a difference. You should vote because you hold a precious portion of the sovereign power of the American people. Voting is important not because you’re going to swing the election your way, but because it’s up to you to use that power well. You are morally accountable for how you used the political power that belongs to you. So vote and vote thoughtfully. It is a grave and awesome power to vote. Vote according to your conscience and what you believe to be true.

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Source: EIN Presswire