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Voter Forum to discuss presidential election

On Saturday, USF’s Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) chapter will host an event they hope will educate students, faculty and the community on important issues concerning the 2016 presidential election.

The USF Voter’s Forum will be held in Marshall Student Center Room 2709 from noon to 4 p.m., with food provided. According to Chris Happel, president of YAL, the forum is open to anyone, regardless of political views.

“The main goal of the club isn’t just to elect someone with an ‘R’ next to their name, but to elect someone who stands by the Constitution,” Happel said. 

Topics of discussion will include abortion, foreign policy, socialism versus capitalism and the legalization of marijuana. According to YAL Vice President Ryan Hoskins, the organization has tried to represent both democratic and republican views when choosing speakers. The forum will hold a Q&A panel for issues that could not be covered by a variety of speakers.

“We’ll do something like a panel with five to 10 minutes for questions — anyone’s questions about the issue or what that person believes. We really are trying to find people to represent everything,” Hoskins said.

Those interested in attending are encouraged to register at by Friday night, Happel said. Registration is free, and attendees do not need to bring the printable ticket that comes with registration. 

According to the event’s agenda, speakers will include Libertarian blogger Sam Martin, Advocacy Coordinator Marc Hyden of Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty and U.S. Senate candidate Ron DeSantis. The Libertarian Party of Florida will also be tabling at the event. 

 “It’s not about party politics,” Hoskins said. “It’s about people politics.”