Smart Voting Starts at Your Library

20 Sep Smart Voting Starts at Your Library

With midterm elections approaching, it is important to be prepared, you should make a plan, and follow through. As American citizens, voting is one of the most important social duties we can preform. When you vote, you are making your voice heard and registering your opinion on how you believe the government should operate. The more people who actively vote in every election, the more fair and democratic our government becomes.

It is important to make the commitment to responsible voting. This involves not only showing up for presidential elections, but also midterms and primaries. Researching the candidates and digging deeper than what you see on television is also an important step to informed voting. I know it sounds like a lot, but we’re here to help you out!

A great place to start is: http://www.indianavoters.com. Here, you can resister to vote, confirm voter status, see the address of your voting location, find information about voting absentee, view polling hours, and see information about which candidates will be on your ballot.

Once you’ve determined that you are registered, you should take a look at the candidates for your area. Do a Google search for their name and put “Indiana” with the candidate’s name. More popular candidates will have their own website, take a look at that, or go to Facebook to find smaller, more local candidates. Usually they will have their views and values listed somewhere. It is good to cross search for other sources as well, news sources can be helpful, but be aware that many have political biases, and may become skewed for or against a candidate.

Many people assume they want to re-elect someone because they have seen no negative results during their term. This is not a good way to make the decision to re-elect. You should compare your own values to that of the candidate in question, and even more so when it comes to incumbents. You can use this site https://www.govtrack.us/ for checking on a current representative’s track record.

Here are some important dates to mark on your calendar:

  • October 9, 2018 is the last day for Indiana Residents to register to vote.
  • October 10, 2018 is the first day you can submit an Absentee Ballot in person at the county courthouse. This is also known as Early Voting.
  • October 29, 2018 is the deadline to apply to vote by mail if you are unable to leave your home, or will be out of the area for military service. You can find more information and the application on the above Indiana voter registration website.
  • November 6, 2018 is Midterm Election Day, you must go to your designated polling location if you vote on the day of the election.

Feel free to ask for assistance with candidate research at the library. We will be happy to help you find the information you need to make an informed decision.