UPDATE: The League of Women Voters Houston Voter Guide Runoff Version 2023 General Election is now available in eBook and downloadable audiobook formats on the Libby App. <<<CLICK HERE>>> The Election is on December 9, 2023
[HOUSTON, TX. October 16, 2023] – For decades, the League of Women Voters (LWV) Voters Guide has been a valued nonpartisan resource for those wishing to make informed decisions at the polls, and now, thanks to a partnership with Harris County Public Library, the guide will be more widely available than ever before.
Working with members of the League of Women Voters of Houston, Harris County Public Library has created digital editions of the LWV Voters Guide in both eBook and Audiobook formats that can be downloaded to smartphone, tablet, or desktop computer using the library’s free Libby app. Both eBook and audiobook will be available in English and Spanish.
“HCPL has provided print copies of the guide at all of our branches for years. Making the guide available in digital formats through the Libby app just makes sense. It reduces waste, and greatly increases the reach of this important resource,” says Linda Stevens, HCPL’s Division Director for Programs, Partnerships & Outreach.
The digital voter guides are for the November 7, 2023 Joint General and Special Election. The ballot includes the City of Houston Mayoral and Comptroller races, six Houston City Council at-large positions, 14 State of Texas propositions, and the City of Houston bond elections among others.
About LWV Voters Guide
LWV Voter Guides are stringently nonpartisan. All candidates on the ballot in local and statewide elections are invited to answer questions about key issues pertaining to the office for which they are running. Their answers are included without editorial comment, allowing voters to compare candidates’ positions side-by-side to decide which candidate best represents them. Likewise, for ballot propositions and bond elections, the guide provides the full text as it appears on the ballot, a concise explanation, as well as arguments for and against the proposal.
"The League of Women Voters of Houston is committed to providing accessible educational information to Harris County voters," says League of Women Voters of Houston Executive Director Katie Campbell Shumway, "and Libby is a wonderful platform to do it. LWVH continues to work side by side with community partners like HCPL to help voters feel informed and confident when casting their ballot."
Accessing the Voter Guide with Libby
Many HCPL patrons are already familiar with the Libby app. They have used it to consistently place HCPL in the top 10 worldwide for eBook circulation. For those unfamiliar with Libby, it is a free app available for iOS and Android devices that gives user-friendly access to the library's ever-growing collection of eBooks and downloadable audiobooks.
The Voter Guide is already available in eBook format in English and Spanish on Libby. Users simply use the search function in the Libby App with the keyword "voter guide." The audiobook versions will be available in the coming days.
Key Dates: Joint General & Special Election, Tuesday, November 7, 2023
- Voter Registration deadline: October 10, 2023.
- Early voting begins: Monday, October 23
- Ballot-by-mail applications must be received by Friday, Oct. 27.
- Early voting ends: Friday, November 3
- Ballot by Mail must be received by 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 7, or postmarked by 7 p.m. on Election Day and received by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 8.
- Election Day: November 7, 2023. Polls open 7:00 am – 7:00 pm
About the League of Women Voters of Houston
The League of Women Voters of Houston is a non-partisan community-driven organization established in 1920. LWV of Houston fosters a thriving democracy by engaging all people in the political process through nonpartisan information sharing, passionate civic engagement, and by providing opportunities to participate in the democratic process. Learn more at www.lwvhouston.org
Harris County Public Library enriches lives to strengthen communities. The library has an annual circulation of nearly 14 million items and consistently ranks in the top ten worldwide for digital circulation. HCPL is a network of 27 community-focused branch libraries offering programs and services that nurture literacy and lifelong learning for all ages. The library is committed to providing excellent customer service, strong collections, and cutting-edge information technology for the 21st Century. Visit www.hcpl.net, opens a new window for more information .