Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 by LibraryAdministration
“Every election is determined by the people who show up.” Larry J. Sabato
Did you know that only 57.48% of the voting age population actually voted in the last (2008) presidential election? While not the lowest turnout since records were kept in 1828 (that would be 1924 with only 48.9%), it is nowhere near the historic highs of 1860 and 1876 with over 81% eligible participation. And while we have come a long way from the voice votes and paper ballots cast in wooden boxes of the past, the importance of making your voice heard and your vote count is just as vital as ever.
To get helpful information on registering, finding your polling place, or getting informed on the issues, check out the library's "Voting" page. You'll find it
under the Research tab on our home page (www.sccl.org). Here you can even link to non-partisan groups who fact check the accuracy of what is said by major political players in ads, debates, speeches, and interviews (www.factcheck.org); and who track money in politics and its effect on elections and public policy (www.opensecrets.org). Armed withall this excellent information, there's no excuse not to get out and exercise your right to vote!
“Do the unexpected. Take 20 minutes out of your day, do what young people all over the world are dying to do: vote.” Rick Mercer