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Don't Suppress Voter Information in Douglas County, OR

Democracy is under threat today in Douglas County, OR. We need your help to send a message to the local government officials who want to suppress the voters’ Right to Know about what is on their ballots.

Don't Suppress Voter Information in Douglas County, OR

Democracy is under threat today in Douglas County, OR. We need your help to send a message to the local government officials who want to suppress the voters’ Right to Know about what is on their ballots.

THIS CAMPAIGN IS COMPLETE! THE COMMISSIONERS REPLACED THE INFORMATION THAT WE ASKED FOR. THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED

Democracy is under threat today in Douglas County, OR. We need your help to send a message to the local government officials who want to suppress the voters’ Right to Know about what is on their ballots.

The Douglas County Library is on the ballot this November 8th to possibly create a Special Library District to serve the people of their county. The county commissioners there have removed all mention of the library ballot measure from county websites, including information about what it would happen if it passes, and worse yet, how the library would close next year if it doesn’t. This now-missing content is completely neutral, non-partisan information that addressed the plan for creating and funding the new library district. It was based on an independent “Economic Feasibility Study” and was ratified for the ballot by 9 of 11 cities in the county.

The library is on the ballot because the county commissioners have cut the library budget every year for the past few years, and have now promised to cut off all funding for the library next year. These same commissioners had placed the measure on the ballot a few weeks ago to “let the voters decide”, but they are now suppressing voter information about the election. We are not sure why. But we know what this will do: voters won’t know the facts, so rumors, hearsay and misinformation will rule the day.

If you believe in free and fair elections, take the next step and send an email to the commissioners about how you feel. If you agree with the Oregon Library Association that libraries have a responsibility to share non-partisan information with voters, make your voice heard for Douglas County residents and for libraries everywhere. Over 100,000 people live in Douglas County. We believe that they should make the decision about the 11 branch libraries that serve their educational, business development, and community needs. It should be up to them. When local politicians and government bureaucrats suppress voter information, those towns and our society suffer.

Ballots are mailed to every registered voter on October 19th for the November election. Help EveryLibrary reach as many people as possible to send a message to the Douglas County Commissioners today!

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