Election Year is Here!

by Jessica Reppert

That’s right, folks, it’s 2012 and time for another presidential election. It only comes once every four years, so it’s important for everyone to get out there and vote in every stage of the race! Every time there is an election, many people want to complain about who wins, and many of those who complain will tell you they didn’t vote. You can’t complain if you don’t vote, and you can’t vote if you aren’t registered. The Rohrbach Library is here to help!

During the week of March 5-8, Rohrbach Library will be kicking off “Election Days,” which will continue until the end of the elections in November. On Tuesday and Thursday (March 6th and 8th) of that week from 11am – noon, volunteers will be stationed at a table near the coffee shop on the first floor of the Library for anyone who needs help registering to vote.

How do I register to vote?

If you need to register to vote and want to do so on your own, it’s as simple as logging on to Facebook. Go to rockthevote.com and click on “Register to Vote” in the upper-right-hand corner of the screen. You can enter your information and your voter registration card will be mailed to you.

The registration deadlines are:
For the primaries – Monday, March 26, 2012
For the general election – Monday, October 8, 2012

Where do I go to vote?

Once you’re registered, you need to know when and where to go, right? If you are registered as a Republican and want to vote in the Republican primaries, they will take place on Tuesday, April 24, 2012, from 7am-8pm in Pennsylvania (keep in mind that you need to be registered and have your card in hand to do so). If you’re voting in New Jersey, primaries will be held on Tuesday, June 5, 2012, from 7am-8pm. To find out where to vote, visit electionland.com and click on your state. The site will tell you the specific polling location for your township whether it’s Kutztown, Reading, Allentown, or elsewhere. This same information is true for the presidential election on Tuesday, November 6, 2012, held from 7am-8pm. You can even sign up for election reminders at electionland.com!

If I live in another state but will be in Kutztown during the elections, can I still vote?

The answer is yes! You can (and should) vote via absentee ballot. Absentee ballots are cast by a mail-in vote before the day of the primaries. The same is true for the presidential election. For more information on absentee voting, visit electionland.com.

How do I know who I should vote for?

There are a multitude of resources you can use to find out as much as you want about all of the candidates for both the primaries and the national election. Factcheck.org is an excellent way to separate the rumors from the truth of what you see and hear on television and the radio. This website takes ads seen on TV or heard on the radio and picks apart what is and isn’t true. Another excellent source to keep you up to date on election news and events is 2012presidentialelectionnews.com. This site provides debate schedules, the primary schedules, information on party conventions and who’s running, and general news and polls. If you want to know where each candidate stands on all of the important issues (i.e. abortion, education, the economy, gun control), you can find out at procon.org.

Need additional information? Two helpful bulletin boards with pamphlets are available on the ground floor of the Library throughout the entire “Election Days” event, so stop by and pick one up. Or, if you can’t wait, you can download the Election Days pamphlet (PDF) now.

Happy voting!


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