Still need info on your ballot, candidate stances, or where and how you can vote?
The League of Women Voters’ election website, VOTE411.org, is a one-stop shop for everything you need to develop your election plan. This is a non-partisan site that will show what your ballot contains – and more.
Monday July 9 is the last day to register to vote in the August Primary Election. Are you registered to vote? The Michigan Secretary of State provides a tool to check to see if you’re already registered. There’s also a list of candidates on the August Primary ballot.
What’s a primary election? “”A primary election is an election in which registered voters select a candidate that they believe should be a political party’s candidate for elected office to run in the general election. They are also used to choose convention delegates and party leaders. Primaries are state-level and local-level elections that take place prior to a general election. Michigan utilizes an open primary system, in which registered voters do not have to be members of a party to vote in that party’s primary.” Wikipedia
Be sure you can vote – and then be sure to vote! Check out our Voting 2018 Subject Guide!
Become a more informed citizen – learn about the Electoral College without all the partisan rhetoric. The National Archives gives easy-to-understand answers to Frequently Asked Questions.
FiveThirtyEight is another website you don’t want to miss. “Named after the total number of electors in the Electoral College, statistician Nate Silver rose to fame during the 2008 primary election, when Silver garnered praise for his predictions about the Democratic Primary race. Silver continues to publish his predictions for political races across the United States. Silver does not rely on polling information alone; rather, he incorporates multiple polls and weighs polling data with demographic information that indicates who is likely to vote.” (The Scout Report — Volume 22, Number 42)
If you are looking for an “unbiased, nonpartisan source to help make up your mind about election-related topics like immigration, gun control, outsourcing, national security, and more”, try Opposing Viewpoints in Context. It is one of several databases included on the Debate & Controversy Subject Guide that will link you to articles covering the pros- and cons- of controversial topics.
Take a look at these neat elections websites, too:
Abstracted from MeL Minutes, a service of the Library of Michigan.
Fatima Nieves registered future voters at the LLC event.
Retired Counselor Fatima Nieves, with library employees Kevin Lyons and Nan Schichtel, registered 32 new voters for the upcoming November elections – and beyond. They spoke to over 100 students, faculty, and staff on Tuesday, September 13th. “It was encouraging to hear so many students tell us that they were already registered to vote!,” Schichtel noted.
Registrants will receive their voter registration card in the mail within 2-3 weeks, along with information on their polling place. And some of them will receive extra credit – some classroom faculty offered extra credit for a snapshot of the registration form!