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Tippecanoe and Libraries, Too

Tina Lerno, Librarian, Digital Content Team,
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When I was a young child, my parents became US citizens. My dad first, and then a few years later my mom. I didn't fully understand what that meant at the time, but I remember them talking about how important it was because now they could vote. My parents and I, and though we didn't agree on who and what to vote for, all agreed that voting itself was important. As newly minted citizens, they voted in every election no matter if it was local or national, and they made sure to instill that voter pride in me. When I turned 18 in July of 1984, I was so excited to vote in the presidential election that coming November. I registered immediately and was almost as excited about getting my voter card as I was when I got my driver's license. I have voted in every election since.

Soon my own daughter will be 18, (way sooner than I'm ready for it), and she too will have a voice in the presidential election. She'll also get to decide on where her tax dollars go, who should be mayor, governor, school superintendent, fix it or leave it and yes or no. She knows the importance of voting, because I bug her endlessly about it, and she knows she can register to vote at the library, (because I bug her endlessly about that too).

The Los Angeles Public Library provides voter registration forms at all of our branches and Central Library. We also have a voter information page where you can find out about signing up to vote, checking if you are registered, as well as information about the measures that will be on your local ballot. Many branches are also having voter sign up events partnered with the League of Women Voters, the LA County Clerk's Office as well as the Office of the City Clerk.

The library’s databases also provide access to current and past issues of various newspapers and journals. A top choice among these databases for researching the controversies and debates on the issues is Opposing Viewpoints in Context: Pro and con arguments with contextual information and opinions on hundreds of today's hottest social issues drawn from news articles, journals, primary source documents, statistics, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites.