By Janelle Yahne
“Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves—and the only way they could do this is by not voting.” –Franklin Delano Roosevelt from his speech “The Keystone of American Constitution System,” October 5th, 1944.
We have all seen the regular political advertisements clogging up the television, radio, and Internet. Wondering if most of this information is truthful? There are many non-partisan websites available doing fact checks about these commercials along with good information about the upcoming ballot proposals. Instead going to Google, check out our SubjectGuides. Our librarians have put together a wonderful guide to assist undecided voters, or even reinforce your choices. The guide includes links to presidential debates, political parties, and discussions about our local politics. It is quite fascinating!
When you are ready to vote on November 6, be sure to go to the correct polling station in your local area. Not sure where you are registered? The Secretary of State has a page (michigan.gov/vote) where you can enter a little bit of personal information and it will show where the polling station is located along with a copy of the ballot. Be sure to have your state issued photo identification when heading out to vote.
For more information, check out the Secretary of State website along with a few books about the history of voting rights found below.
- Campaign and Election Reform: A Reference Handbook, by Glenn H. Utter and Ruth Ann Strickland
- Defying Disfranchisement: Black Voting Rights Activism in the Jim Crow South, 1890-1908, by R. Volney Riser (ebook)
- The Right to Vote: Rights and Liberties Under the Law, by Donald Grier Stephenson, Jr.
- Voting Rights, edited by Tom Lansford
- Winning the Vote: The Triumph of the American Woman Suffrage Movement, by Robert P.J. Cooney, Jr. in collaboration with the National Women’s History Project.