Voting is both an immense privilege and significant responsibility for citizens of the United States. Unfortunately, in national elections less than two-thirds of eligible voters consistently cast their ballots.
Public Libraries may be impartial, but we are far from indifferent. We develop trusted, nonpartisan relationships with diverse audiences across all demographic groups and are an essential institution when it comes to civic engagement. To promote voter participation, libraries provide access to both paper and online voter registration forms, and offer information on voting deadlines, locations, and absentee ballots requests.
National Voter Registration Day is Tuesday, September 22nd and Neuse Regional Library locations will have a volunteer representative from their respective county’s Board of Elections on site to answer voting-related inquiries and assist anyone interested in registering to vote.
One-on-one assistance will be available that day at the Kinston-Lenoir County Public Library from 9 am to 8 pm, the La Grange and Pink Hill Public Libraries from 10 am – 12 pm, the Trenton Public Library from 2-3 pm, the Comfort Public Library from 3:30-4:30 pm, and the Greene County Public Library from 2-4 pm. Board of Elections volunteers will be available on Thursday, September 24th at the Maysville Public Library from 2-3 pm, and the Pollocksville Public Library from 3:30-4:30 pm. Remember, registration forms are available year-round from our Libraries but typically have to be returned to the Board of Elections in person or by mail. This is an opportunity to obtain a bit of extra assistance with getting your registration in.
While we are happy to have this opportunity to promote voting and civic engagement, our Libraries remain a constant resource for anyone wanting to increase their political knowledge or learn how they can become more involved in their community. The freedom to access this information is an essential right which the Library is proud to support by offering books and online resources to anyone interested in becoming more informed about local, state, and national government.
Election participation is a key freedom in our democracy and Neuse Regional Libraries want to make sure every eligible voter is registered and ready to have their ballot counted on November 3rd, 2020. For more information please call (252) 527 7066 ext. 134 or visit www.neuselibrary.org