RACINE TAXPAYERS ASSOCIATION • FORUM RULES Two candidates
Rule l. EACH CANDIDATE WILL RECEIVE THE SAME NUMBER OF QUESTIONS.
Rule 2. EACH CANDIDATE WILL BE REQUESTED TO ADDRESS EVERY QUESTION.
Rule 3. EACH CANDIDATES WILL HAVE AN EQUAL AMOUNT OF TIME OFFERED TO HIM OR HER TO ADDRESS EACH QUESTION.
Rule 4. POSITIONS OF CANDIDATES AT THE FRONT TABLES IS ESTABLISHED BY A COIN FLIP.
Rule 5. NO PERSONAL QUESTIONS WILL BE USED. For example, a question whether a candidate who has a road building business should hold this office will not be addressed. But a general question of conflict of interest possibilities and qualifications to hold public office may be addressed by all candidates. (This makes Rule 3 possible.)
Rule 6. CANDIDATES MUST ADHERE TO THE TIME LIMITS AS EXPLAINED IN THE "FORMAT LETTER." The moderator will remind the timer and candidate when it is his turn to speak.
Rules 7. QUESTIONS FROM THE AUDIENCE MUST BE WRITTEN DOWN. Questions will not be taken verbally. That often leads to speeches from attendees for which we do not have time.
Rule 8. CANDIDATES MAY ASK QUESTIONS. Such questions will be taken in the same manner we take questions from the audience. Note: There is an exception for two-candidate forums. See Interim Questions in the Two Candidate Forum Format.
Rule 9. DIRECT VERBAL QUESTIONS BY ONE CANDIDATE TO THE OTHER MUST BE CONSISTENT WITH THE ORIGINAL QUESTION. The question may not change the subject matter of the original question.
Rule 10. AFTER THE ORINIGAL ANSWER AND REPONSE, ANY TIME A CANDIDATE CHOOSES TO "PASS" ON HIS TURN, THAT ENDS THAT QUESTION AND WE WILL PROCEED TO THE NEXT QUESTION.
THE SCREENER WILL PICK THE QUESTIONS TO BE ADDRESSED. Generally those topics that get sent to
the screener the most often get addressed first.
QUESTIONS GENERALLY ARE TAKEN FIRST FROM THOSE POSED BY THE AUDIENCE. If we have time, then those coming from the Racine Taxpayers Association Board of Directors will be taken up.
CANDIDATES MAY PUT THEIR CAMPAIGN LITERATURE ON THE TABLE PROVIDED FOR CAMPAIGN LITERATURE.