Be a Voter!

Be a Voter!

The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance—it is the illusion of knowledge.

—Daniel J. Boorstin

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.

 


 

Legislative Update: Talk with Our Lawmakers April 8

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PHOTO: TEDDY MAFIA

How often are you on the same guest list as an Indiana legislator?

At the Legislative Updates presented by the League of Women Voters of Bloomington & Monroe County, lawmakers representing our community at the State level are invited to meet with the public to share what's up ahead at the Statehouse. You're invited hear what they have to say, ask them questions, and tell them what's on your mind.

The next Update is 9:30–11 a.m. on Saturday, April 8 at Bloomington City Council Chambers at the Showers Building, 401 North Morton Street [map]. It's a great way to meet our elected representatives in person—and get involved in what they do. Make your voice heard!

You're Registered to Vote... Right?

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PHOTO: TONI BLAY

Sure, with Midterm Elections not coming up until 2018, it's a bit early to be thinking about heading to the polls. But don't take your rights and duties as a citizen for granted—a few minutes of "vote prep" now can head off needless obstacles to making your voice heard on Election Day.

Even if you're registered to vote, there are some things you need to think about:

Early Voting—Easy, Quick & Secure!

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PHOTO: Hywell Martinez

The unusually high turnout expected on November 8 is just one more reason to vote early in this election. Thanks to Indiana’s generous early voting rules, Monroe County residents can avoid the lines and wait times by exercising their right to vote early in person—at two locations.

According to the Monroe County Election Board, any voter registered in Monroe County—regardless of where they normally vote—may vote early at Monroe County Election Central (401 West 7th Street [map]) or at the Showers Building (501 North Morton Street [map]) in Bloomington. Early voting hours can be found on the calendar [PDF] published by the Board.

Candidates On Demand: Your Introduction to Who's in the Running

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PHOTO: DEREK BRUFF (FLICKR)

You've seen the written responses of numerous candidates in the Keys to the Candidates published by the League of Women Voters of Bloomington-Monroe County. Now, thanks to Community Access Television Services (CATS) at the Library, we also get Candidates on Demand, short videos that offer a unique perspective on those seeking office in our area.

Uncut and unmoderated, the videos allow candidates equal time to present themselves, along with any issues they choose, to the public. What do candidates representing your district have to say?

Keys to the Candidates: Their Positions, in Their Own Words

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PHOTO: IAIN WATSON (FLICKR)

Prior to every November election, the League of Women Voters of Bloomington-Monroe County asks area candidates a series of questions to allow for a comparison of their views and positions. This year's questions include:

  • What are your qualifications for the office you are seeking?
  • What are your top three priorities for your office and, if elected, how will you address them?
  • What services for individuals, families, and groups experiencing crisis and trauma do you feel are most critical to support and fund?

Although the candidates’ responses have traditionally been published as Keys to the Candidates, a special section of the Bloomington Herald-Times, only selected responses appear in the October 11 print edition this year, with the remainder available at H-T Online.

Thanks to the Library's partnership with the League, however, you can read the complete Keys to the Candidates right here—see them below, listed by office.

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