Monday, October 03, 2005

BPLD Helps Voters Make Sense of Special Election

Between now and Election Day, the Buena Park Library District is ready to be a key point of nonpartisan information for voters. Starting October 3, 2005 voters preparing for the November 8, 2005 Special Election can visit the Buena Park Library District and pick up a free Easy Voter Guide in English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese or Korean.

"Voters are being asked to get up to speed quickly on many technical issues in this election. Record spending levels of competing partisan television advertising only adds to the confusion. We are pleased to be able to offer free Easy Voter Guides so our community can understand what will be on the ballot." explains Kathleen Wade, Public Services Manager.

The nonpartisan 8-page Easy Voter Guide provides a concise overview of each of the eight statewide propositions in layperson language. It also has voting tips and resources for more information. The guide’s straightforward language and user-friendly feel are the result of a community-driven design and editing process. The guide’s contents are also reviewed by an expert panel including the Legislative Analysts’ Office to ensure the distilled descriptions of the ballot measures are still accurate.

Downloadable versions of the Easy Voter Guide and a wide range of nonpartisan voter education tools are available here or at in English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese and Korean. The Easy Voter Guides and website are sponsored by the California State Library, in partnership with the California Secretary of State’s Office, the League of Women Voters of California Education Fund, with support from the James Irvine Foundation and the San Francisco Foundation.

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