Are you registered, researched and ready?
The Caucuses are coming to Maine this weekend!
The Maine Republican Party will gather on Saturday the 5th and the Maine Democratic Party will gather on Sunday the 6th. The League of Women Voters have you covered on everything you need to know to prepare for the weekend!
The general election for 2016 will be on Tuesday, November 8th.
Where do you register to vote? You can register to vote at your town office or city hall, or through any Motor Vehicle branch office. Completed voter registration cards may be mailed or hand delivered to your town office or city hall, or to the Secretary of State’s Office in Augusta.
If you’ve already registered, but wish to verify your registration, contact the Maine Bureau of Corporations, Elections and Commissions or your town office or city hall.
Also, make sure you know where you go to cast your vote; find your local polling place.
Research the candidates and issues -
- Go the Federal Election Commission’s Candidate Summary page.
- Visit Pew Research Center’s page on the 2016 Election.
- Search for news articles via MARVEL! Maine’s Virtual Library. (with your PPL card) Use this resource for access to the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, many other national newspapers in addition to many political and current events magazines such as Foreign Policy, The Atlantic, Mother Jones and many more. Check to see if they carry your favorite newspaper or magazine by clicking here. Updated daily.
- Search for local news articles about the candidates and issues via the Maine Newsstand (with your PPL card) -an index to and full text coverage of five Maine newspapers: the Bangor Daily News (12/3/92-present), the Kennebec Journal (Augusta) (6/11/93-present), the Portland Press Herald (10/30/95-present), Lewiston Sun Journal (2006-present) and the Central Maine Morning Sentinel (Waterville) (8/12/93-present). Updated daily. Available through MARVEL! Maine’s Virtual Library.
- Research Voting History - If a candidate is currently in office or previously held office, you can view the person’s voting history. In order to do this, you need to know information about a piece of legislation the candidate voted on, such as bill name or number. If the candidate served in Congress, you can find voting history by visiting Congress.gov and checking the Major Actions tab on a piece of legislation.
- Use your PPL card to access library databases including Global Issues in Context (resources explaining the background and viewpoints necessary for understanding global issues, conflicts, and events) and Opposing Viewpoints (an online resource covering today’s hottest social issues).
- Visit USA.gov- where you can explore topics, conduct a search or even ask questions via chat to a government representative. Learn about voter registration; researching candidates; tracking fundraising and spending; contributing to the election process; and more.
- You can also check out some of these websites that claim to give unbiased, nonpartisan information: Ballotpedia, Politico, Politifact, Project Vote Smart, On The Issues.
Note: Neither the librarian who wrote this blog nor the Portland Public Library is advocating for any political party in writing this article. All resources listed are given as information outlets only.
Voting smart is important. Have questions? Visit your local library!