Voting is the expression of our commitment to ourselves, one another, this country and this world. – Sharon Salzberg
There is no shortage on strong opinions around politics, politicians and governing parties these days. What I find interesting is that more people don’t practice their right to vote. According to the Census Bureau in the 2016 presidential election only 157.6 million of the 245.5 million Americans age 18 and older were registered to vote. Of those only 136.8 million actually cast a ballot.
What do these numbers mean?
- Of the people eligible to vote in the last presidential election only 56% did.
- 36% of the population eligible to vote isn’t even registered.
At the library we want to change this. On Monday and Wednesday evenings anyone who is over 16 years of age and lives in Massachusetts can stop by the Teen desk to register. We will make sure your forms make it to the Watertown Town Clerk’s office. If you don’t live in Watertown we will mail it to the clerk in your town. If you can’t make it to the library you can also register remotely through the Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts digitally or by printing off your own form and mailing it in.
Don’t know if you’re registered? You can check online here or just ask us at the Teen Desk and we can help you find out.
The last day to register to vote in Massachusetts primaries is August 15 and for state elections is October 17. We will be collecting registrations at the library until Wednesday, October 10 to ensure we can get everything to the proper town clerks.
-Aimee, Adult Reference Librarian