Posted by: montclairlibrary | September 12, 2014

Get out the vote

Photo by Erik (HASH) Hersman via Flickr
With future library funding still up in the air, the upcoming Oakland city elections (mayor and city council districts 2, 4 and 6) in November are important for library users.

Candidate forums provide an opportunity to hear from candidates and make an informed voting decision. The Oakland Library Advisory Commission suggests that you attend forums and fill out question cards and/or raise your hand to ask each candidate: “The OPL faces a $2.5-$3.5 million deficit in each year of the 2015-17 budget cycle due to a reduction in General Fund support. This lack of funding will lead to the closure of 6-8 branches. How will you address this shortfall and ensure stable funding for the OPL in the future?”

The District 4 Candidate Forum coming up in Montclair is a great time to meet the three District 4 City Council Candidates, Annie Campbell-Washington, Jill Broadhurst and Paul Lim, as well as the four candidates running to represent our area on the OUSD board. The forum will be Tuesday, September 23 6:30-8:30pm in the Montera Middle School auditorium (5555 Ascot Dr.).

For a list of other upcoming opportunities to hear the candidates, including mayoral candidates, see the Library Advisory Commission’s newsletter or follow them on Facebook.

If you have questions about voting or need to get registered to vote, see the Voting Resources page from OPL for information about election results, voter registration, campaign contributions and more.

And the Alameda County Registrar of Voters website tells you where and how to register to vote, including online. The voter registration deadline is 15 days before an election – don’t delay!

Photo: Erik Hersman via Flickr

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