This Year’s Presidential Debates and Election-Based Storage
The Commission on Presidential Debates has advised the debate hosting sites to have a contingency plan for a three-person debate forum—even it means installing a bigger stage. With Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson polling in double-digits, the political media is intrigued by the idea of a 3rd party candidate at one or more of this year’s Presidential Debates.
Now, last time we checked the betting markets, there was only a 1 in 5 chance that a third-party candidate would be at the debate. And yet, it’s a crucial consideration, nonetheless. With nothing less than the democratic process at stake, it’s worth keeping in mind that the best-held debates are the ones in which the stagecraft is not a big part of the story.
Local Debate and Event-Related Storage
Presidential politics aside, a lot of local schools, organizations and institutions have a lot more uncertainty than this to deal with from one year to the next. A lot of schools, for example, hold debates near the beginning of the academic year as part of their student body council elections. One year, there might be two candidates for Student Council President. The next year, there might be six.
If your site has to add another participant last-minute, the necessary modifications typically go way beyond just throwing another one or two podiums up on the stage. Additional microphones must be set up, the sound check becomes more complicated. The lighting design likely needs to be recalibrated. More debate participants may lead to a larger debate audience with additional seating and/or portable A/C units that need to be brought in from offsite.
It’s also worth pointing out that the podiums should be of similar design and condition. You don’t want a participant’s message and delivery to be overshadowed by questions like, “Why was her podium like half the size of the rest?” or “What was that thing on his podium?” Secure, offsite, climate-controlled storage ensures that your podiums and other staging supplies don’t suffer from fading, cracking, theft, or vandalism. Political subversion can be something as simple as someone breaking into the debate site off-hours and sabotaging the event with some kind of graffiti-based political propaganda.
Again, stagecraft is at its best when it goes unnoticed. Let us take the worry out of your debate site set up and event management.
Election-Based Storage Needs
The day after the election is over, a lot of equipment and materials that were essential just a couple days ago now feel like nothing more than a huge trash problem. Not every single piece of propaganda or personal memento is a candidate for storage, for sure. Yet, win or lose, there’s a good chance something from the election will strike a chord with you. Don’t throw election-based memorabilia away too quickly.