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Good Reads: Get Out and Vote!

Barbara Perlman Whyman

OK! No excuses. As you can see, voting is not a ‘right’ to take lightly or to ignore. It took blood, sweat, tears and in many cases, lives and years to gain this privilege. It is one of the cornerstones of our democracy. Perhaps the finest way to show your patriotism is to exercise one of the primary rights we have ” the opportunity to vote. This year we have important decisions to make, nationally, regionally and locally, and I hope you will re-examine the amendments above and appreciate the significance and responsibility in your decisions.

Early voting occurs differently in Nevada and California. Let me provide some important details:

Throughout the state of Nevada, beginning Saturday Oct. 18 and continuing through Oct. 30, all registered Nevada voters who wish to vote early can go to their local library in the county in which they are registered between the hours of 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and vote.

In California, each county has it own way of dealing with ‘absentee’ or early voting procedures that began Oct. 6.

If you are registered to vote in Nevada County (i.e. Truckee), you may go to the Town Hall at 10183 Truckee Airport Road and vote immediately by voting machine. Call (530) 265-1297 for additional information.

If you are registered in Placer County and you have not requested to vote by mail, you must go to the Election offices in Auburn to pick up a ballot. It can be returned to any polling place in Placer County or received by the Auburn Election office no later than 8 p.m. on Election Day, Nov. 4. Call (530) 886-5650 for further information.

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If you are registered in El Dorado County you may go to the office at 3368 Lake Tahoe Blvd., Suite 108 in South Lake Tahoe, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to noon and 1to 5 p. m. and pick up an absentee ballot. The ballot must be returned to any polling place in El Dorado County or received by the Election Office in Placerville by 8 p.m. on Election Day, Nov. 4. Call (530) 621-7480 for further information.

And of course, every registered voter in either state who chooses not to vote early or by absentee may vote at his or her polling place on Election Day, Nov. 4.

I particularly wish to highlight a wonderful display of political books and audio materials put together by Incline village Librarian Molly O’Day. Examine these items and if you have a library card from either California or Nevada, you can borrow one or more for a ‘Good, Informative and Educational Read.’ And, by the way, if you see Molly, thank her ” for she did all of us a great service so we can make informed decisions.

Please visit http://www.tahoebonanza.com and click on the Literary section to learn more details behind the Amendments, to get a comprehensive list of the many books and materials on Molly’s display, and view the Literary Birthdays and Library Tip for this coming week.