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Preparing Your Community for Election Day

In our continued effort to provide librarians with quality content for their libraries, we want to offer libraries materials for the upcoming election. The League of Women Voters recently released several print resources that will help you get your community ready for Election Day.

Librarians are encouraged to share the League resources with their communities by printing out copies of the publications, or by adding links to the resources on their library’s website. Librarians interested in getting others to vote should also view “Making the Election Connection,” the latest election webinar released by the ALA Washington Office. The League offers two extremely helpful resources for library supporters who want to prepare their communities for Election Day: “5 Things you Need to Know on Election Day” and “Vote.”

Here is a shortened version of the League’s popular brochure, “5 Things You Need to Know on Election Day”:

  1.  Go to the Right Place Poll locations can change. Be sure to locate your polling place before you go to vote. Check or contact the elections office or board of elections for your county, city or state.
  2. Bring I.D. You may need to show I.D. at the polling place. To be safe, bring your driver’s license or another photo I.D. In some places, a current utility bill, paycheck or other document that includes your name and street address may also work.
  3. Avoid the Crowds If you can, go to the polls during off hours: 10 a.m. — 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. — 3:30 p.m. That’s when it’s likely to be less crowded.

Read “Debate Watching 101” to learn more about how to think about important questions before, during and after debates in order to better analyze the candidates and issues. Get more tips at

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Jazzy Wright

Jazzy Wright was a press officer of the American Library Association's Washington Office.

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