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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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?”

Are you registered to vote?

National Voter Registration DayClick here to visit the League of Women Voters of Seattle-King County website

The Seattle Public Library is partnering with the League of Women Voters of Seattle-King County on National Voter Registration Day, a nation-wide, nonpartisan effort to register thousands of voters on one single day. On September 24th, volunteers from the League of Women Voters of Seattle-King County will be joining a host of others across the country in an unprecedented effort to help Americans get registered to vote.  Stop by the Central Library to register to vote or update your address, then pick up more information about voting in Seattle and King County.
Click here to visit the National Voter Registration Day website
When: September 24, 2013
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Where: Central Library
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