We had a fantastic inaugural session of Civic Conversations at the beginning of September in which we discussed U.S. foreign policy. The October 2 session will focus on the "November Election: a balanced review of candidates for Governor, U.S. Representative, and local offices." If you've been wanting to learn more about candidates before hitting the polls in November, this is the perfect opportunity to do so. While no homework is required to attend these sessions, if you’re interested in some general information on voting and midterm elections, take a look at some of the books below.
Register for the October 2 session here. Popular discussion leader Gary Midkiff will facilitate the conversation from 7:00-8:30 p.m.
- The Swing Vote: the untapped power of Independents by Linda Killian
- Winners and Losers: how elections work in America by Jules Archer (a children's book, but still a useful primer!)
- Keeping Down the Black Vote: race and the demobilization of American voters by Frances Fox Piven
- The Runner-Up Presidency: the elections that defied America's popular will (and how our democracy remains in danger) by Mark Weston
- The U.S. House of Representatives: fundamentals of American government by Matthew Spieler
- Voting Rights ed. by Noah Berlatsky, Opposing Viewpoints series
- Pendulum Swing by Larry Sabato
- America Votes!: a guide to modern election laws and voting rights pub. by American Bar Association. Benjamin E. Griffith
- Interest Groups and Lobbying: pursuing political interests in America by Thomas T. Holyoke
- Campaign Trends and Election Law pub. by H.W. Wilson Co.