Get Prepared to Vote!

Midterm elections will be here before we know it. In the U.S., “midterm elections” means an election held midway through a president’s four-year term. Coloradans will be voting on U.S. representatives, Governor, Secretary of State, and several other offices. To get ready to vote in the November 6, 2018 election, try these resources.

First, you must be registered to vote. If you have a Colorado driver’s license or ID card, you can register to vote at GoVoteColorado (you can also check your registration status at this state-run website). If you don’t have a Colorado ID, you can fill out a paper Colorado Voter Registration Form. There is no voter registration deadline, unless you wish to receive a paper ballot (read about the dates here).

DPL’s Databases by Topic: Elections page offers a variety of links, such as to voting information for persons experiencing homelessness and candidate and issues guides.

Midterm-election candidates will soon be talking about issues. When you want to understand more about the topics you’re hearing about, DPL has a plethora of databases to search that you can access with your library card:

  • Points of View delivers essays that present multiple sides of current issues. For example, voter identification laws and border walls are hot election topics.
  • CQ Researcher provides in-depth analysis of topics in the news, including government and politics. For instance, the nuances of marijuana legalization will surely be an issue in the Colorado governor’s race.
  • Keep up-to-date with election news with our online access to newspapers, such as the New York Times and the Washington Post, and magazines, such as Time and The Atlantic, through RB Digital Magazines and Flipster.

Finally, I highly suggest taking a DPL’s How to Spot Fake News class, offered for free at several branch libraries now through November.

Don’t have a library card? You can get one for free at any Denver Public Library location or by registering online. Got questions? Ask Us, 24/7/365!

Written by Dana F on August 14, 2018


Lisa F. on August 9, 2018


Thanks for those great resources! I noticed that one of your resources in Databases by Topic has a link to the League or Women Voters, which has lots of info, such as polling places and how to find elected officials.

Cat on August 17, 2018


That cat should be class president.


Robin F. on August 18, 2018


Fantastic resources for voters and would-be voters. Thanks, Dana!