Welcome to the first edition of Stop the Press, BPL’s monthly current events blog for Teens.
If you will be 18 years of age on or after Tuesday, November 8th, 2016, this is your year to finally participate in the election of our next President! Think about it: your vote in national, state and local elections affects everything around you. The roads you drive on, the train you take, your college expenses and student loans, laws that affect the rights of everyone — those are all decided by laws passed by the people we elect to represent us. Political elections give us the opportunity to choose who we believe will best represent us and what matters to us.
Still don’t think your vote matters? A lot of other people agree with you:
The first step in being eligible to vote is to register. This is not something that is automatically done for you; you have to register in advance.
Wednesday, October 19th is the absolute last day to register to vote in Massachusetts for the November election. October… that’s six months away! Yes, you have plenty of time, but why not get it out of the way now (if you’ll be 18 or older on 11/8/2016)?
Good news: if you currently have a Massachusetts ID with a signature (driver’s license, learner’s permit, non-driver ID), you can register to vote online! Check it out HERE.
Even if you don’t have a state-issued ID, you can print the application out from your computer, sign it, and mail or bring the form in person to your local election official. Helpful information about the Massachusetts voting process can be found HERE.
Will you be out of town or unable to get to the polls on election day? You can vote BEFORE election day either in person or by mail! More info HERE.
If you’re planning to vote, now is the time to start thinking about who and what you want to vote for. Procon.org is a great online resource to help you gather information on the different Presidential candidates and where they stand on the issues.
And as always, you can ask your friendly local librarian for help accessing information and voter registration forms. We’re here to help!
Are you interested in keeping up with the news and current events? The Boston Public Library has subscriptions to newspapers that you can read in the library or online.
*”Stop the Press” features current events posts by Rebecca, the Teen Librarian at the Grove Hall Branch, on the first Tuesday of every month.