The 2016 Elections: Library Resources

The mission of The Seattle Public Library is to bring people, information and ideas together to enrich lives and build community. We value equality, inclusion and openness and strive to be welcoming safe spaces. No matter what the current events are locally and beyond, the Library provides a collection of materials to patrons of all ages, backgrounds, and opinions. Over the last few weeks, library staff have answered many people’s questions about the recent elections and helped them with finding information. Below you will find some lists created by librarians at The Seattle Public Library to address topics we’ve been asked a lot about lately.

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Election Season: Required Viewing

It’s safe to say that this election season is shaping up to be unlike any other in recent memory. Candidates are angry. Voters are angry, and frustrated. These three films – two features and a documentary – help us understand how we’ve gotten to this point. Continue reading “Election Season: Required Viewing”

To the Polls! The Municipal News and Historic Seattle Elections

Municipal News Masthead, 1943

~posted by Jade

Just in time for election season, we’ve launched our Municipal News Digital Collection featuring nearly 100 years of issues from 1911 to 2010. Produced by the Municipal League of Seattle, the news provides insight on hot button civic issues of the day such as prohibition, dance halls, desegregation, the Alaskan Way Viaduct and the “Mercer Mess.” Continue reading “To the Polls! The Municipal News and Historic Seattle Elections”

What do GMO labels, petition signatures and excise taxes have in common?

Click here to visit the Living Voters GuideThey are all initiative measures on the 2013 ballot. If you are a registered Washington State voter, you will be asked to weigh in on each of these soon. The election is only three weeks away, do you feel informed and ready?

The Washington Secretary of State’s Online Voters’ Guide is a great official source of information on the initiative measures, but it doesn’t explore all the different aspects of the initiatives. As you form your decision, it can be useful to consider the different strengths and weaknesses people have come up with on both sides of the argument. Continue reading “What do GMO labels, petition signatures and excise taxes have in common?”