As she returned home from a busy day of registering people to vote, my neighbor Connie clued me into a surprising factoid: Updating your address falls into the category of “registering to vote” and there is a deadline for this before the upcoming primary election. In fact, it is this Monday, July 9th (If you want to receive a mail-in ballot. Should you miss this deadline, there are ways around it but they all involve talking to county elections people and going places in person which likely means you just won’t vote in the primary).
I checked out MyVote, our state’s handy little website for voter registration, which lets you check to see if you are registered, at which address you are registered, and even in which elections you have voted. You can update your address online and you can register to vote if you are not already registered. Magic!
Many people ignore primary elections, but if you love our library, you should vote in this election. If the Library Levy passes, our little Wallingford branch will reopen for five hours on Sundays. The furlough week (this year August 27 – September 3) will go away. In-person reference librarians will staff the library once more! And other wonders of librariness will appear thanks to our collective tax dollars! You can read more about the levy and the solutions it offers the Wallingford branch here.
Of course there are other important things to vote on in this primary election, including Governor, State and Federal Senators and Representatives, and the Children and Family Services Center Levy. All worth taking the time to educate yourself about and returning your mail-in ballot. The deadline for postmarking your mail-in ballot, which you should receive soon, is August 7, 2012.
So, take a minute to register or to make sure your address is up-to-date. Your fellow library patrons will thank you for it!