Unless you have been completely avoiding television, radio, the Internet, or interactions with any other living human being, you are probably very aware that there is a Presidential election on November 6. Here is some (non-partisan) information that will help you tackle this election, as well as some more lighthearted stuff to help you laugh throughout the election season.
Valuable Information: Where Do I Vote; Who and What are on My Ballot and other Key Information
- If you would like to participate in the November 6 election, you must be registered by October 17. You can register to vote in person at the City of Waltham City Clerk’s office at City Hall on 610 Main St.
- Can’t make it to city hall? You can also register to vote by mail. Pick up a mail in registration form in either English or Spanish at either the reference desk or in the community room at the library.
- You can also download one from the Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth’s website.
- Planning on going out of town during the election? Download the form to request an absentee ballot. You can also participate in absentee voting at the Waltham City Clerk’s office.
- It’s not only candidates for President who are running. You will be voting for a U.S. Senator, a U.S. Representative, a state Senator, a state Representative, and other candidates for offices.
- There are three ballot questions that voters must decide upon. Click upon the questions to get more information as well as arguments on either side.
- Question 1 is concerned with the Availability of Motor Vehicle Repair Information.
- Question 2 proposes allowing a “a physician licensed in Massachusetts to prescribe medication, at a terminally ill patient’s request, to end that patient’s life.”
- Question 3 is concerned with eliminating, “state criminal and civil penalties for the medical use of marijuana by qualifying patients.”
- Find out where you vote and view a copy of your ballot including names of all of the candidates in your area.
- Want to try to get the background behind what the candidates are saying? Check out the non-partisan Tampa Bay Times PolitiFact’s Truth-O-Meter.
You can also download a form in Spanish or in Chinese. (Formulario de inscripción de votante por correo oficial de Massachusetts; 麻州官方 選民郵寄登記表)
Some Fun Stuff this Election Season
- Re-live old campaign commercials dating back to 1952 with The Living Room Candidate
- Check out this old Popeye cartoon, satirizing the political process, with Olive Oyl running for President. (Keep in mind that while a lot of it is still relevant, it’s also very dated.)
- Follow Saturday Night Live’s complete election coverage with its “SNL Election Central” page.
- Had enough of this election? Watch Saturday Night Live skits featuring former Presidents and Presidential candidates.
Relive this classic sketch featuring a spoof of debate between Vice President Al Gore and then Governor George W. Bush.
posted by Laura