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Aug 18 2010

A Victory Worth Remembering

by Joseph M

Sojourner TruthAmong the most significant American sociopolitical developments of the 20th century was the achievement of national women’s suffrage, as codified 90 years ago in the 19th amendment of the U.S. constitution. Ratified by the states on August 18, 1920, the 19th amendment enshrined the right to vote as an essential liberty of all adult citizens, regardless of gender. This triumph was the culmination of a tremendous amount of activism and struggle, and the library is a great place to explore the stories of the courageous women who helped bring about this landmark piece of legislation.

Interested in learning more about the lives of women’s suffrage activists like Sojourner Truth, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Susan B. Anthony? You can get more information from the Biography Resource Center, one of many great reference databases available on our website and accessible with your library card.

Another noteworthy suffragette, Carrie Chapman Catt, founded The League of Women Voters in 1920. The group is perhaps best described by their mission statement: “The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.” Their website has a wealth of resources to explore and is well worth visiting.

While we’re on the subject of voting, did you know that you can get a voter registration form from the library?  Be sure to check out our Voting and Elections subject guide, a handy resource with links and answers to all your questions about the upcoming elections.

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Oct 9 2009

Get ready for the 2009 election

by Lesley B

Odd-numbered years bring us off-year elections for mayors, city councils and school boards. These local races address issues closer to a citizen’s daily life than a presidential election (no matter how historic), yet it can be harder to find information about the people running for office. Below is a list of candidates in contested DeKalb County 2009 elections. Candidates with websites are linked.  Biographical information on incumbents can often be found on the respective government website and I’ve linked to those where available. The League of Women Voters Georgia Voters Guide is a great resource for local elections. Sample ballots are at the DeKalb County Voter Registration and Elections website. As always, every vote counts – but maybe even more so in an off-year election.

State Representative in the Georgia General Assembly – District 58

Simone Bell

Asha F. Jackson This is a link to Ms. Jackson’s profile on her law firm’s website.

Kevin Johnson

J. Lewis, IV

Michael McPherson

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Mar 3 2009

The final countdown

by Heather S

There are only a few more days (17 if you trust my calculations) left to vote for the best book on the list of twenty candidates for the 2008-9 Georgia Peach Book Award for Teen Readers.  If you need to review the candidates, check the Georgia Peach Book Award section on our teen web page.  Be sure to vote at your local library or school media center before March 13th!  And, if you want to participate in an exit poll, please post a comment letting us know what your favorite book on the list is!

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Nov 26 2008

It’s Not Over Till It’s Over

by Jimmy L

You thought you were off the hook for voting this year, but it’s not over yet, cowboy/girl!  The United States Senate, Georgia State Appeals Court, and Public Service Commission-District 4 races have not established a majority winner yet, so there will be a runoff election on December 2, 2008.

For more information on elections, the election process, election results and resources, please visit our Voting and Elections Subject Guide.

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