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Election Folders- Just like Grandma’s Scrapbook

Social Science, Philosophy and Religion Department, Central Library,

In November 2012, the people of the United States of America elected Barack Obama to his second term as president.  On March 5, 2013, the city of Los Angeles will start the process of electing a new mayor when it holds its primary nominating election.  Also, up for grabs this 2013 election year will be seven seats on the Los Angeles city council, the largest number in more than a decade.  As always, there will be various ballot measures to vote on.  Hard to keep track of…isn’t it?

Since 1902 to the present, the librarians at Central Library’s Social Sciences, Philosophy & Religion Department have been trying their best to keep track of the information on the various elections by maintaining a little known resource called “The Election Folders.”  These election folders are very low-tech.  The information is kept in 3-ring binders and crammed in “non-glare heavy duty sheet protectors.” 

It’s like perusing through Grandma’s scrapbook.  It will evoke a range of emotions and memories- good and bad.  You’ll find a hodgepodge of information- sample ballots, election information, voter information guide (in print, cassette tape, and in a new format for 2013- the CD version), ballot measures, propositions, judicial races, biographies, Los Angeles Times endorsements, Op-Ed pieces, campaign literature, election results, pictures of the candidates, bond measures, newspaper clippings, etc.  Remember, it’s like Grandma’s scrapbook- don’t expect exactness, uniformity, or consistency.  We invite you to visit and take a look at our election folders.  Please come to Social Sciences, Philosophy & Religion Department’s reference desk and ask for it… just like Grandma had a special place on her bookshelf for her scrapbook, we have a special place for our election folders and we’ll be more than happy to get it for you.