November 7 is a special day this year. Not only do my husband and I celebrate our anniversary this day, but we also continue our tradition of voting at our local precinct together. Since we’ve been married, we always begin our election day by getting up early and heading to the polls to vote together, then going our separate ways to work, making sure we start the day by completing our civic duty.
If you’re still up in the air about some of the issues that you will see on the ballot this November, I encourage you to discover some resources provided by the League of Women Voters. To begin, the League of Women Voters of Delaware County has a helpful website located at www.lwvdelawarecountyohio.org.
They also encourage you to visit a site called Vote411. When you visit www.vote411.org, you’ll be able to register to vote and find answers to voting questions like election dates, early voting, ID requirements, or polling location details. You also could enter your address and get personalized information regarding what you’ll see on your ballot.
This election, in the City of Delaware you’ll see choices for City Council Member at Large, Delaware City School Board of Education, the two state issues, as well as the levies for Preservation Parks of Delaware County and Delaware City Schools, among others.
To learn more about any of the issues, stop by your local Delaware County District Library location. Our locations have tables in our front lobby where we put out any campaign literature that is given to us by candidates and organizations. We can also help you get started with an internet search on any of the issues.
Did you know that you can also avoid the lines at the polls by voting early? Early voting is currently open at the Delaware County Board of Elections, located at 2079 U.S. Hwy 23 N, in Delaware. You’ll go in to the Absentee Vote Center and vote an absentee ballot in person. The center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. It will also be open on Saturday, November 4 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, November 5 from 1 to 5 p.m.
The last day to vote early will be Monday, November 6 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. After that, you’ll need to head to the polls on Election Day. The polls open at 6:30 a.m. on Tuesday, November 7 and will remain open through 7:30 p.m. that evening.
If I’ve put you in the mood to read some political thrillers, check out some of these recommended titles from our reference staff at the Orange Branch Library.
“Persona” by Genevieve Valentine. In a world where diplomacy has become celebrity, a young ambassador survives an assassination attempt and must join with an undercover paparazzo in a race to save her life, spin the story, and secure the future of her country.
“The Inside Ring” (DeMarco Series) by Mike Lawson. Following an assassination attempt that wounds the president and kills the president’s closest friend, General Andy Banks, the Secretary of Homeland Security, who had warned the Secret Service about the attack, initiates an investigation.
“Minute Zero” (A Judd Ryker Novel) by Todd Moss. Judd Ryker, a State Department crisis manager, becomes embroiled in an emergency in Zimbabwe, where a challenge to the presidency has resulted in roving armed gangs, military crackdowns, shady financing, and reports of enriched uranium being available for purchase.
“The Innocent” (Will Robie Series) by David Baldacci. Will Robie, a freelance hitman working for the government, rescues a teenage girl whose parents’ disappearance may be linked to a vast, high-level cover-up.
If you have a question that you would like to see answered in this column, mail it to Nicole Fowles, Delaware County District Library, 84 E. Winter St., Delaware, OH 43015, or call us at 740-362-3861. You can also email your questions by visiting the library’s web site at www.delawarelibrary.org or directly to Nicole at firstname.lastname@example.org. No matter how you contact us, we’re always glad you asked!