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The Coalition for Instant Run-Off Voting needs volunteers to help get the word out on Election Day, Nov. 4. Volunteers will stand outside of voting stations and, as voters exit, collect signatures on a petition to put Instant Run-Off Voting on the ballot in Brooksville for 2010.

The local group is part of Fairvote.org, a nonpartisan, nonprofit nationwide grass roots movement to allow voters to vote for their top three choices in the order of preference. With this type of voting system, if there is no majority winner, the lowest candidate's ballots are recounted for the voters' second choices and redistributed to the remaining candidates for a majority winner.

For information or to volunteer, contact Bill Gilbert at wilgilb@yahoo.com or call (352) 442-7101. Visit the Web site at www.instantrunoff.com.

- Socialist Party presidential candidate Brian Moore will address issues of socialism from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday at the Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Moore, whose topic will be "Socialism for America," will present how to transform Americato socialism. He will discuss the attributes of socialism, its history in the United States and how it compares with capitalism.

Charles Jay of the Boston Tea Party, another minor party presidential candidate, will be in attendance, accompanied by a British television documentary team that is filming third-party candidates in Florida. For information, call (352) 686-9936.

- A Greet & Sweets Social to get acquainted with Jason M. Melton, Democratic candidate for state representative, District 44, will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Sterling Hill North Clubhouse, 4411 Sterling Hill Blvd., Spring Hill. Visitors can speak with the candidate and have cake and coffee. For information, call (352) 688-0869.

- The Pasco-Hernando-Sumter Democrats will present singer-songwriter Peter Donnelly, a Cape Cod, Mass. recording artist, at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Ridge Manor Community Center, 34240 Cortez Blvd., Ridge Manor. Refreshments will be served. The general public is welcome. Admission is $15 per person or two for $25; children younger than 12 will be admitted free. Proceeds will benefit Democratic candidates. Checks may be made payable to HCDC and mailed to H. Martin, 2169 Pebble Beach Drive, Spring Hill, FL 34606. Payment can also be made at the door. For information, call Harvey at (352) 686-0686.

- United Communities of Hernando County will have a Candidates Forum from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday in the commission chambers at Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St., Brooksville. Candidates will have an opportunity to present their platforms. Participating candidates include those running for 5th Judicial Circuit Group 3, Spring Hill Fire and Rescue District, Hernando County sheriff, supervisor of elections, School Board District 4, Brooksville City Council Groups 2 and 3, and County Commission Districts 1, 3 and 5. The forum will be televised live on Hernando County Government Broadcasting, Bright House cable Ch. 622, and will be available to watch online at www.hernandocounty.us. For information, call John Bloom at (352) 686-1851.

- The Hernando County Business and Professional Women will have a candidate forum at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Palace Grand, 275 Della Court, off Commercial Way, Spring Hill. A "meet and greet" with candidates will precede the forum at 5 p.m. The event is free to the public. Questions for the candidates may be e-mailed to bpw@tampabay.rr.com. For information, call JoAnne Clay at (352) 686-0360.

Candidates are welcome to submit information on fundraisers, meet-and-greets and other campaign events to Phyllis Day by e-mail at pday@sptimes.com, by fax to (352) 754-6133 or by mail to the Hernando Times, 15365 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville, FL 34613. Notices must be submitted at least 10 days prior to the event or ticket deadline. For information, call (352) 754-6101.

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