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Belmont Speech and Debate Team Partners with League of Women Voters

The League of Women Voters of Murfreesboro/Rutherford County hosted a model debate Tuesday, Feb. 16 at Murfeesboro City Hall between Belmont and Middle Tennessee State University’s Speech and Debate teams. The event explored contemporary voting issues.

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League of Women Voters of Murfreesboro and Rutherford County Co-President Kory Wells said, “These are complex issues which the debaters argued in a very informative, orderly and respectful way. They undoubtedly left the audience with much to think about, not only in regards to these issues, but also in terms of how this debate compares to the recent ones we’ve been seeing in the presidential primaries.”

The debate teams took on the following questions:

1) Should the electoral college be abolished?

2) Should spending by corporations to influence the outcome of an election be limited?

3) Should factors other than population be considered in the process of legislative redistricting?

The students covered topics including Super PACs and their role in presidential elections and political redistricting and the continued role of the electoral college. Event attendees included college students, community members and elementary age students.

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