Be a Voter!

Be a Voter!

 

“Someone struggled for your right to vote. Use it.”  

— Susan B. Anthony

Make your voice heard! The Library is proud to partner with the League of Women of Voters of Bloomington-Monroe County as your go-to place for information on voting and elections. Use the tools you find here to exercise your rights—and fulfill your duties—as a citizen of a democracy.

 


 

The Election Process: What You Need to Know

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You're registered to vote (right?), and eager to make your voice heard. Now what? Knowing what to expect this General Election Day (November 6) means you'll get to the polls ready to help decide what happens in your community, state, and nation.

The process of participating in an election isn't difficult, but you do need to be prepared for each step in the process. Along with Be a Voter!, resources like the First Time Voters Guide over at Accredited Schools Online are a good place to start for new—and even longtime—voters.

Herman B Wells Says Be a Voter

Beloved former Indiana University President Herman Wells is credited with transforming IU from a small local school into the world-class research institution it is today. In his 1940 speech to the state convention of the League of Women Voters [PDF], Wells praised the League's education efforts, and cited their commitment to a healthy democracy as one he shared on behalf of the University.

herman-wells.pngThe goal of education, he said, is to be "a leading force in the development of an informed citizenry," a crucial component in "strengthening the democratic way of life." For Wells, "Democracy must be able to meet the social, economic, and political problems" of the day—so the aims of formal education must be intertwined with producing an active and knowledgeable voting population.

Library Award: Voters Are the Winners

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When the Library hosted our Power of Words author event with Congressman John Lewis back in the fall of 2015, we were honored to present an American Civil Rights icon and the co-authors of March, Lewis's National Book Award-winning graphic novel chronicling his life and struggle for justice. Along with our partners the Friends of the Library and Indiana University, we felt Lewis's appearance was a powerful and timely inspiration—not to mention a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity—for ordinary people wishing to make a difference.

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