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Before you rock your vote…RESEARCH YOUR VOTE!

posted: , by Sonya Durney
tags: Adults | Government

 

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.

 How do you register to vote? You fill out a voter registration card.  You can register until/on Election Day.  You must register in person and must show ID and proof of where you live.

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 -

  • 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.

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!

 

 


Maine Public Library Tax Check Off

posted: , by Sonya Durney
tags: Adults | Government

Maine Public Library Fund State Income Tax Check-off

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Support Maine Public Libraries by donating via your Maine Income Tax form using Schedule CP Charitable Contributions and Purchase of Park Passes. Donating $5 (or more) is easy!

How do these funds help?

Proceeds from the 2013 tax check-off supported the purchase of additional Ebooks for the Maine InfoNet Download Library. Depending on our amount of funds raised, the check-off could also support:

  • Expanding interlibrary loan support
  • Creating new library programming
  • Supporting special consultant services from which all can benefit
  • And so much more!

How?

  • Go to your Maine Income Tax form – Form 1040ME
  • Locate Schedule CP which is used for voluntary charitable contributions to any of the organizations listed. [Schedule CP is also used to purchase a park pass for entry into Maine State Parks].
  • Look for Maine Public Library Fund in section A.
  • Choose to donate _$5 _$10 _$25 or more.
  • Maine taxpayers using the I-File system will also see the Maine Public Library Fund on the Schedule CP voluntary contributions page.
  • If you have any questions, see Maine Revenue Service (MRS) or consult your tax advisor.

Instructions for individuals who use TurboTax or H&R Block


Librarians <3 Neutrality

posted: , by Samantha Duckworth
tags: About the Library | Library Collections | Online Services | Adults | Teens | Seniors | Government | News | Science & Technology

There is one word that makes a librarian especially happy, and yesterday it was said again and again. “Neutrality” was the word of the day, as the Federal Communications Commission agreed to recognize Internet infrastructure as a public utility. This is exciting news. It has been an issue for over 10 years, starting in 2005 when the FCC voted to reclassify DSL broadband service, away from being an “information service” to instead be called a “telecommunications service,” effectively allowing Internet service providers to hide their infrastructure allowing it to be riddled with unfair practices.

But yesterday’s decision ensures that access to the Internet will be based on fair and equitable practices. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler says: “the landmark open-Internet protections that we adopted today should reassure consumers, innovators and financial markets about the broadband future of our nation.”

So, next time you access Netflix, Twitter, Google, or one of Portland Public Library’s own digital resources, rest assured you’ll be connecting to each of these sites with the same network speeds available—not faster tiered levels of service (with companies paying for higher speeds) that prioritize network traffic to ensure streaming services are better quality and pages load faster.

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