Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Election Information @ Your Fingertips

Forget the negative campaign ads and talk show pundits. If you're looking for nonpartisan information on general and state-specific elections, you'll want to check out the League of Women Voters' tool, Vote411.

Vote411 allows you to register to vote, provides information on voting requirements and state deadlines, allows you to build an online voter's guide, view political races, compare candidate positions side-by-side, and print out "ballots" that can be used on Election Day. The tool also provides visitors with helpful voting information, candidate statements and details on current issues. You can even find your local polling place.

The League of Women Voters is strictly nonpartisan; it neither supports nor opposes candidates for office at any level of government. Learn more about this organziation at the League of Women Voters website, under "About the League."

More Resources to Explore...
  • Check out Newsbank's Special Report, Presidential Campaign 2012. To access, simply go to the library's website and click on Search for Articles & More, which is a link on the left menu, under Find Information. Under the heading Magazines, Journals & Newspapers, you'll see America's Newspapers from Newsbank (you'll be prompted to enter your FCPL 10-digit library card if you are logging in from home). All of the Special Rerports are listed on the left-menu in Newsbank.
  • Kids/classrooms will want to Play the Election, Rand McNally's collection of games and lessons teaches students about the 2012 Election and the election process through a series of games, resources and competition. Students predict the election winners for each state on an interactive election map, and compare their predictions to their class and the country to see where they rank.
~ Alison -- Electronic Resources Librarian

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