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Grand County libraries make voting a little easier

Walking into the voting booth this year will be a daunting experience.

The Colorado ballot alone has 18 separate ballot initiatives, not including votes for elective office such as state representative, state senator and federal house and senate seats.

Add to that the presidential election and it’s easy to see why voters are starting to feel overwhelmed.



But there’s help @ Your Library.

At all five branches in Grand County voters can get the information they need to start making informed decisions about the important votes this year.



For starters, your libraries want you to know that it’s possible to vote early, from Oct. 20 through Oct. 31. Early voting and the voting machines will be a part of the discussion being presented by Grand County Clerk and Recorder Sara Rosene at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20, at the Granby Library.

Rosene will also talk about how to be prepared for the voting this year and how to place mail-in ballots. Watch for similar presentations @ Your Library.

Probably one of the best aids for wading through the lengthy and complex ballot questions on this year’s Colorado ballot is the Colorado League of Women Voters’ Blue Book. This handy little document summarizes the ballot questions, gives pro and con statement from both sides and, in general, helps voters understand the essence of the ballot questions. It does so in simple, plain English.

Your Library will have these on hand for voters who may have missed them when they were mailed out or made available in other ways.

Young voters are growing in importance in the American political scene. The Rock the Vote campaign is reaching out to inform and “activate” this important voting group.

The Rock the Vote campaign targets the so-called “Millennial Generation,” which consists of people born between 1977 and 1997. Called the largest generation since the Baby Boomers, this group could represent more than one-fifth of the electorate.

Young voters in that age group are voting in high percentages and there’s a concerted effort to increase the numbers of young voters. But for the first-time, “virgin” voters, the process may seem daunting.

Your library has the information you need to understand the process for registering to vote and understanding the issues. Check with your Youth Services Librarian or go on-line at home or @ Your Library to http://www.rockthevote.com.

There are, of course, wide ranges of materials @ Your Library that can help inform voters. Here’s a list of some of the better resources in book, video, DVD or online format:

o “The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream,” Barack Obama (book).

o “The Leadership Genius of George W. Bush, 10 Commonsense Lessons from the Commander in Chief,” by Carolyn B. Thompson and James W. Ware. (Sound

recording – Downloadable Audio).

o “Rebel-in-Chief – Inside the Bold and Controversial Presidency of George W. Bush,” by Fred Barnes. (Sound recording – Downloadable Audio).

o “The limits of power – the End of American Exceptionalism,” by Andrew J. Bacevich.

o “Worse than Watergate – the Secret Presidency of George W. Bush,” by John W. Dean.

o “American Dynasty – Aristocracy, Fortune, and the Politics of Deceit in the House of Bush,” by Kevin Phillips.

o “Election Connection – The Official Nick Guide to Electing the President.” Juvenile.

o “The Voice of the People,” by Betsy C. Maestro; illustrated by Giulio Maestro. Juvenile.

o “Vote!” by Eileen Christelow. Juvenile.

o “The Political Brain – The Role of Emotion in Deciding the Fate of the Nation,” by Drew Westen. (Sound recording – Downloadable Audio)

o “Choosing the President 2008 – A Citizen’s Guide to the Electoral Process,” by the League of Women Voters. Edited by Bob Guldin.

o “Grand New Party – How Republicans Can Win the Working Class and Save the American Dream,” by Ross Douthat and Reihan Salam.

o “John McCain,” presented by the Biography Channel. Produced and written by Deirdre O’Hearn. Video recording.

o “Worth the Fighting For – A Memoir,” by John McCain, with Mark Salter.

o “Faith of My Fathers,” by John McCain, with Mark Salter.

o “The Obama Nation – Leftist Politics and the Cult of Personality,” by Jerome R. Corsi.

o “Barack Obama,” produced by Towers Productions, Inc. for The Biography Channel. Producer, Maurice Bisaillon, writers, Samantha Sanders, Julie Trueman. Video recording.

o “Dreams from My Father – A Story of Race and Inheritance,” by Barack Obama.

o “Obama – From Promise to Power,” by David Mendell.

o “What’s Wrong with Obamamania? – Black America, Black Leadership, and the Death of Political Imagination,” by Ricky L. Jones, with a foreword by J. Blaine Hudson.

o “The Faith of Barack Obama,” written by Stephen Mansfield.

o “Mike’s Election Guide, 2008,” by Michael Moore.

o “No Excuses – Concessions of a Serial Campaigner,” by Robert Shrum.

o “So Goes the Nation – A True Story of How Elections Are Won – and Lost,” by IFC Films. Directors, Adam Del Deo, James D. Stern. Video Recording.

o “Armed Madhouse – Who’s Afraid of Osama Wolf?, China Floats, Bush Sinks, the Scheme to Steal ’08, No Child’s Behind Left, and Other Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Class War,” by Greg Palast.

o “God’s Politics – Why the Right Gets it Wrong and the Left Doesn’t Get It,” by Jim Wallis.

Then there are a great number of periodicals, newspapers and magazines @ Your Library that can help. These include:

Sky-Hi Daily News

Time Magazine

Wall Street Journal

US News

The Denver Post

The Atlantic Monthly

Business Week

The New Yorker

The Nation

Check it all out for this election season @ Your Library.


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