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September 20, 2013

League of Women Voters plans educational forum

League of Women Voters plans an educational forum related to the upcoming election.

A nonpartisan group plans an educational forum for Merced County voters on Thursday.

The League of Women Voters will hold the forum from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday in the Merced City Council chambers, 678 W. 18th St., according to a press release.

The topic for the evening’s discussion is the impact of social media on voter behavior.

The forum will answer a number of questions, the release said. For example: Do you wonder why you identify with or react to some political advertisements more than others? Which messages appeal to you and which alienate you? Is your trusted messenger Facebook, Twitter or a blog?

The panel is scheduled to include Jessica Trounstine, professor of political science at the University of California, Merced; Teenie Matlock, professor of behavioral science at UC Merced; Phil Trounstine, former editor of the San Jose Mercury News; and Ryan Heller, legislative aide and political consultant.

This event is open to the public, the release stated.

For more information, go to or find the League on Facebook. The organization can be contacted by email at

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed participation of citizens in government. The group is a grass-roots organization, working at the national, state and local levels.

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