Be a Voter!

Be a Voter!

The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance—it is the illusion of knowledge.

—Daniel J. Boorstin

Make your voice heard! The Library is proud to partner with the League of Women of Voters of Bloomington-Monroe County as your go-to place for information on voting and elections. Use the tools you find here to exercise your rights—and fulfill your duties—as a citizen of a democracy.

 


 

Early Voting—Easy, Quick & Secure!

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PHOTO: Hywell Martinez

The unusually high turnout expected on November 8 is just one more reason to vote early in this election. Thanks to Indiana’s generous early voting rules, Monroe County residents can avoid the lines and wait times by exercising their right to vote early in person—at two locations.

According to the Monroe County Election Board, any voter registered in Monroe County—regardless of where they normally vote—may vote early at Monroe County Election Central (401 West 7th Street [map]) or at the Showers Building (501 North Morton Street [map]) in Bloomington. Early voting hours can be found on the calendar [PDF] published by the Board.

Candidates On Demand: Your Introduction to Who's in the Running

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PHOTO: DEREK BRUFF (FLICKR)

You've seen the written responses of numerous candidates in the Keys to the Candidates published by the League of Women Voters of Bloomington-Monroe County. Now, thanks to Community Access Television Services (CATS) at the Library, we also get Candidates on Demand, short videos that offer a unique perspective on those seeking office in our area.

Uncut and unmoderated, the videos allow candidates equal time to present themselves, along with any issues they choose, to the public. What do candidates representing your district have to say?

Keys to the Candidates: Their Positions, in Their Own Words

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PHOTO: IAIN WATSON (FLICKR)

Prior to every November election, the League of Women Voters of Bloomington-Monroe County asks area candidates a series of questions to allow for a comparison of their views and positions. This year's questions include:

  • What are your qualifications for the office you are seeking?
  • What are your top three priorities for your office and, if elected, how will you address them?
  • What services for individuals, families, and groups experiencing crisis and trauma do you feel are most critical to support and fund?

Although the candidates’ responses have traditionally been published as Keys to the Candidates, a special section of the Bloomington Herald-Times, only selected responses appear in the October 11 print edition this year, with the remainder available at H-T Online.

Thanks to the Library's partnership with the League, however, you can read the complete Keys to the Candidates right here—see them below, listed by office.

What's on the November Ballot? See It Here

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PHOTO: JUSTIN GRIMES (FLICKR)

You've probably heard that we're electing our next President on November 8. But what about the candidates for other offices we'll see on our ballots? Depending on where you live, you'll get the opportunity to vote on a variety of state and local candidates, a proposed amendment to Indiana's Constitution, and possibly a school funding issue. Are you ready?

With Election Day just six weeks away, now's the time to be sure you're making the most informed decisions about who gets your vote (you ARE registered to vote, right?). That starts with being sure of exactly what's on your ballot.

For a PDF image of the ballot you'll see at your polling place in November, visit monroecountyvoters.us, or just choose your voting precinct from the list below.

Meet Local Candidates for Office in September

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PHOTO: THERESA THOMPSON (FLICKR)

[EDIT (October 2016): Click the dates listed below to see CATS video of the forums.]

A forum series presented by the League of Women Voters of Bloomington & Monroe County at the Library allows you to see real live candidates for local public office throughout late September. Local government often affects our lives more than federal and state government do, so the forums are your chance to get involved by hearing what the candidates have to say and asking them questions directly.