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“Why should I even care?” Teens & Voting

You can’t escape it: the ads, the incessant yapping of the 24-hour news cycle, the newspaper headlines, and the automated telephone calls.  It’s voting season!  And, this year, you might have noticed things are extra intense (especially for a midterm election).  Well, there’s a lot at stake out there and getting involved (through voting, activism, or just being informed if you’re not old enough to vote yet) is the best way for you to promote the change YOU want to see.

But, let’s face it, the whole process can be confusing.  Who are these politicians?  What about their policies, beliefs and backgrounds?  To find out what’s important to you, you’ve got to do some research.  Check out these reputable sites and make an informed decision!

League of Women Voters – Don’t let the name confuse you, the League of Women Voters is for everyone.  Founded in 1920, their goal is to “improve our systems of government and impact public policies through citizen education and advocacy.”  The League of Women Voters is a grass-roots organization and they are bi-partisan.

Pop & Politics – A long-running blog operated by journalist Farai Chideya, Pop & Politics’ goal is to keep young adults informed.

Project Vote Smart – “The Voter’s Self-Defense System.” PVS is a group of volunteers (conservative, liberal and everywhere in between) who research candidates for office so that you can make the most informed decision possible.  Like the League of Women Voters, PVS is committed to a civil political and social dialogue.

American Civil Liberties Union – “So long as we have enough people in this country willing to fight for their rights, we’ll be called a democracy.” – ACLU Founder Roger Baldwin.  The ACLU fights daily to uphold the individual rights of US citizens granted to them by the Constitution.

Happy voting!

Corey
Teen Department – Main Library

2 Responses

  1. Corey,

    Thanks for the resources. There were some I didn’t even know about.

  2. […] heard about it. And if you’re 18 or turning 18 before November, you might want to look at Corey’s post about voting and voting resources or our library’s Voter and Election Information […]

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