Through last week’s Election Day, over 530,000 Americans cast a vote for – or against – libraries in elections all across the county. From the 47 voters in Athens, New York who punched a ballot about the D.R. Everts Library budget to the almost 160,000 people in Hamilton County, Ohio who weighed in on renewing their Levy, libraries and their advocates have spoken with mixed success to voters. EveryLibrary has identified 69 local library elections that took place from January 1st through November 5th, 2013 where voters were asked for new or renewed funding, or new authority as a district library. Libraries, and the communities they serve, won in 41 of these elections. In 19, voters said No to new funding for the library*.
*As of this writing, vote reports are still pending in 9 of these jurisdictions.
See Also: Roundup: Library Votes 2013 (November 6, 2013)
A roundup infoDOCKET compiled the day after the election.