Political science faculty, College Democrats and Republicans join with Morristown Area League of Women Voters to offer expert analysis to local electorate.

MADISON, NJ—Drew University has teamed up with the Morristown Area League of Women Voters to offer an in-depth analysis of the issues that are defining the 2012 U.S. presidential race. On Wednesday, September 19, political science faculty and student-representatives of the Democratic and Republican parties will address members of the local community at the Presidential Issues Forum, which will shed light on these topics and offer a comprehensive breakdown of their potential impact on our nation.

“The Drew community recognizes that the upcoming presidential election will determine the course of our nation for the next four years,” said Dr. Amy Koritz, director of the Drew University Center for Civic Engagement, one of the forum’s sponsors. “That’s why we’re pleased to offer this program to help members of our local community make the choice that’s right for them in the voting booth.”

The Presidential Issues Forum will begin with an overview of the election’s most important issues, delivered by Drs. Patrick McGuinn and Phil Mundo, who are members of the faculty in Drew’s Political Science Department, a sponsor of the event.

“The 2012 presidential election involves basic questions about what government can and should do to solve social and economic problems, including sluggish economic growth and unemployment, the federal budget deficit, public education, energy and the environment, and health care,” said Mundo. “Dr. McGuinn and I will discuss the significant differences between President Obama and Governor Romney on these issues, along with the political dynamics that are likely to affect the outcome of the election.”

The event will continue with presentations by student-representatives of the Drew University chapters of the College Democrats and College Republicans, who will offer remarks about President Obama and Governor Romney. Attendees will then have the opportunity to ask questions in an open session moderated by the Morristown Area League of Women Voters.

Voter registration materials and absentee ballot applications will also be available.

The Presidential Issues Forum will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Drew’s campus in the Ehinger Center’s Crawford Hall. Voter registration will begin 30 minutes earlier at 7:00 p.m. Admission is free. For a map of the Drew University campus, please visit www.drew.edu/map. For more information, please contact Jennifer Lynn in the Drew University Center for Civic Engagement at 973.408.3169 or e-mail engage@drew.edu.