Election 2014: Inform Your Vote
Teton County Library has compiled a non-partisan list of resources to assist voters in researching local and statewide candidates and issues before casting their ballots in the upcoming primary and general election.
Primary Election, Tues., Aug. 19
General Election, Tues., Nov. 4
Where do I vote?
Check the Teton County Clerk’s polling site for your assigned voting location.
Hear Directly from Teton County Candidates
Moderated panels with questions from local media. Library Auditorium
Primary Election Candidate Forums
Thursday Aug. 7, 2014 at 6:30 pm Topics: SPET Proposals, Mayor, House District 23
Monday Aug. 11, 2014 at 6:30 pm Topics: Coroner, Assessor, County Commissioner
General Election Candidate Forums
Thursday, October 16th, 2014 at 6:30 pm
Monday, October 20th, 2014 at 6:30 pm
Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 at 6:30 pm
Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 at 6:30 pm
Coming soon: Audio recordings of candidate forums in August.
Forums sponsored by the League of Women Voters, Jackson Hole News & Guide and Teton County Library.
Local Voter Registration
2014 SPET ballot listings, as reported in the Jackson Hole News & Guide.
For State and National Election Information:
Rock the Vote
Rock the Vote’s mission is to engage and build political power for young people in our country. This website focuses on using technology and grassroots efforts to register younger citizens to vote.
The mission of “Voto Latino” is to mobilize young Latinos to vote. This website provides information on issues that especially concern Latino voters such as unemployment, immigration and poverty.
Elections in the News
Jackson Hole News & Guide
Teton County Elections: Provides a list of all candidates including party affiliations and contact information. This site also provides information on polling locations, voter registration, and absentee voting.
Wyoming Constitution Party: http://wyomingconstitutionparty.com/
Wyoming Libertarian Party: http://www.wyominglp.org/
Wyoming Green Party: http://www.wyominglp.org/
Wyoming Tea Party: http://www.teapartypatriots.org
Teton County Library Election Information
- Gaming the Vote: Why Elections Aren’t Fair (and What We Can Do About It) by William Poundstone (Teton County Library Call No: 324.973 Poundstone) Publisher’s Weekly: “Behind the standard one man-one vote formula lies a labyrinth of bizarre dysfunction, according to this engaging study of the science of voting. America’s system is the least sensible way to vote, argues Poundstone (Fortune’s Formula), prone to vote-splitting fiascoes like the 2000 election. Unfortunately, according to the author, a famous impossibility theorem states that no voting procedure can accurately gauge the will of the people without failures and paradoxes. (More optimistically, Poundstone contends that important problems are solved by range voting, in which voters score each candidate independently on a 1–10 scale.) Poundstone provides a lucid survey of electoral systems and their eccentric proponents, studded with colorful stories of election skullduggery by campaign consultants, whom he likens to terrorists… exploiting the mathematical vulnerabilities of voting itself. His lively, accessible mix of high theory and low politics merits a thumbs-up”
- Big Girls Don’t Cry: The Election That Changed Everything for American Women by Rebecca Traister (Teton County Library Call No: 324.973 Traister R) Library Journal: “Traister here reflects on women’s impact on the political process in 2008, the candidates, the media’s sometimes sexist attention to Clinton and Palin, and voters’ reactions to the candidates and campaigns. She looks at the complicated roles some candidates’ spouses played and the media’s challenge covering the possibility that we’d have an African American or a female President. Traister names several male correspondents who, in her view, displayed a significant level of sexist reporting and praises sound, professional coverage by numerous female correspondents. She quotes extensively from online media to support her views, thus providing broader perspective. VERDICT This will appeal to readers interested in the 2008 elections, women in politics, or media coverage of politics.”
- Campaigns: A Century of Presidential Races, From the Photo Archives of the New York Times by Alan Brinkley and Ted Widmer (Teton County Library Call No: 324.973 Brinkley) These two fine photographic collections feature different aspects of the quadrennial race for the presidency and the victors of each election. Campaigns includes more than 350 mostly black-and-white photos from the archives of the New York Times, beginning with William McKinley’s 1900 victory. Distinguished historian Brinkley offers an excellent introduction on the evolution of modern campaigning, while provides an overview of the elections themselves. The photographs are accompanied by a front-page facsimile of the issue of the Times announcing the winner, which is fully transcribed.
- Tension City: Inside the Presidential Debates from Kennedy-Nixon to Obama McCain by Jim Lehrer (Teton County Library Call No: 324.73 Lehrer J) Presents an analysis of political debates from the last two decades through the preparations, executions, and mistakes of recent moderators and participants, offering insight into specific high-profile events and decisions.
Databases and e-content:
- connect now This is one-stop source for information on today’s most important social issues. Issues and Controversies: This database helps researchers understand the crucial issues we face today, exploring more than 800 hot topics in business, politics, government, education, and popular culture. Updated weekly, with links to a 12-year back-file, Issues and Controversies offers in-depth articles made to inspire thought-provoking debates. This database is great for research papers and debate prep.
- Facts on File specialize in a number of key subject areas, such as history, science, literature, geography, health, and more.