Posted on October 13, 2018. Filed under: Nonfiction | Tags: , , , |

The next Election Day is November 6th. October 21st is the last date in Illinois to register online. While Election day is not a holiday, an employer must allow you time to vote.
Voting is an opportunity to give your opinion on politics and social issues; It holds our elected officials accountable; and it ensures the majority has control instead of the minority.

Need help finding information on the candidates and the political issues? Attend one of these workshops:

“Why should I vote?” Daily Workshops
1:15-1:45 pm Oct. 15-19, Room A200, Skokie
Find reliable information about issues and candidates for Nov. 6th election.

Also, Oakton Community College Library has created a libguide about voting, how to register to vote, who the candidates are, how to research the candidates, polls and opinions, the judicial election, offices up for election, and ways to find details about the issues.

Finally, you can read more about voting by checking out some of these books:

9780815725688_p0_v2_s550x406Get Out the Vote: How To Increase Voter Turnout
by Donald P. Green and Alan S. Gerber

“The most important element in every election is getting voters to the polls—these get-out-the-vote (GOTV) efforts make the difference between winning and losing office. With the first two editions of Get Out the Vote, Donald P. Green and Alan S. Gerber broke ground by introducing a new scientific approach to the challenge of voter mobilization that profoundly influenced how campaigns operate. Get Out the Vote has become the reference text for those who manage campaigns and study voter mobilization.

In this expanded and updated edition, Green and Gerber incorporate data from more than 100 new studies, which shed new light on the cost-effectiveness and efficiency of various campaign tactics, including door-to door canvassing, email, direct mail, and telephone calls. Two new chapters focus on the effectiveness of registration drives and messaging tactics” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

9781442249738_p0_v1_s550x406Parties and Elections in America: The Electoral Process
by Mark D. Brewer, University of Maine and L. Sandy Maisel, Colby College

“This classic text provides an in-depth examination and history of American political parties and their critical role in representative democracy at the local, state, and national levels. Focused on the continued evolution and significance of parties in the American political system, separate chapters are devoted to key topics such as the impact of social media in the electoral process, and recent developments in campaign finance.

The seventh edition fully incorporates the results of the 2012 presidential election and the 2014 midterm elections, as well as the impact of the Tea Party within the Republican party and important demographic shifts in the American electorate” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

9781498522465_p0_v1_s550x406Media, Millennials, and Politics: The Coming of Age of the Next Political Generation
by Alison N. Novak

“This book explores the relationship of the media and politics to America’s largest generational group, the millennial generation. As the group has become voting eligible since the 2008 election, the traditional news media has been largely critical of youth behaviors, civic engagement, and political participation. Novak addresses how this primarily negative coverage has significantly influenced the generation’s views of politics and news media, and has contributed to their adoption of digital technologies in the search of more equitable and trustworthy political information.

Media, Millennials, and Politics explores how this relationship has unfolded across the 2008, 2010, 2012, and 2014 American elections and provides insight into what political participation in the millennial generation may look like in the future” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

9780691143934_p0_v1_s550x406Red State, Blue State, Rich State, Poor State: Why Americans Vote the Way They Do
by Andrew Gelman [and others]

“On the night of the 2000 presidential election, Americans watched on television as polling results divided the nation’s map into red and blue states. Since then the color divide has become symbolic of a culture war that thrives on stereotypes—pickup-driving red-state Republicans who vote based on God, guns, and gays; and elitist blue-state Democrats woefully out of touch with heartland values. With wit and prodigious number crunching, Andrew Gelman debunks these and other political myths” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

9781440832710_p0_v2_s550x406Why Congress Needs Women: Bringing Sanity To the House and Senate
Michele A. Paludi, editor

“This book addresses women’s civil strategies for negotiation and leadership through careful analysis of social science research and management theory as well as interviews with women legislators, documenting how women in Washington are affecting the development of the world at all levels.

  • Addresses how women in Washington have redefined leadership and power in terms of how they listen, work collaboratively, negotiate, facilitate change, communicate effectively, and empower and mentor others
  • Identifies differences in the evidenced personal ethics between the genders in Congress that are reflective of their characters and professionalism—or lack thereof
  • Provides examples of the unusual bipartisanship and civility can be seen in the informal ‘sisterhood’ that women senators and representatives have established that allows for more mature and cooperative relationships” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

9781501116490_p0_v4_s550x406The Fight to Vote
by Michael Waldman

“Michael Waldman takes a succinct and comprehensive look at a crucial American struggle: the drive to define and defend government based on ‘the consent of the governed.’ From the beginning, and at every step along the way, as Americans sought the right to vote, others have fought to stop them. This is the first book to trace the full story from the founders’ debates to today’s challenges: a wave of restrictive voting laws, partisan gerrymanders, the flood of campaign money unleashed by Citizens United.

Americans are proud of our democracy. But today that system seems to be under siege, and the right to vote has become the fight to vote. In fact, that fight has always been at the heart of our national story, and raucous debates over how to expand democracy have always been at the center of American politics. At first only a few property owners could vote. Over two centuries, working class white men, former slaves, women, and finally all Americans won the right to vote.

The story goes well beyond voting rules to issues of class, race, political parties, and campaign corruption. It’s been raw, rowdy, a fierce, and often rollicking struggle for power. Waldman’s The Fight to Vote is a compelling story of our struggle to uphold our most fundamental democratic ideals.

From the beginning, and at every step along the way, as Americans sought to right to vote, others have fought to stop them. Waldman traces the full story from the founders’ debates to today’s challenges: a wave of restrictive voting laws, partisan gerrymanders, the flood of campaign money unleashed by Citizens United. The result is a compelling story of our struggle to uphold our most fundamental democratic ideals” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

-posted by Kevin Purtell


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