What's the Big Deal About Elections?

The United States presidential election of 2016 was held on Tuesday, November 8, 2016. It was the 58th U.S. presidential election. Because of the term limit established by the Twenty-second Amendment, the incumbent president, Barack Obama could not be elected for a third term. The two candidates were Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hilary Clinton. Donald Trump won the election to become the 45th President of the United States.

The books, databases, websites and artifacts on this page will help you do research and answer homework questions about elections. You can start by looking at this voting machine that is an Artifact from The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. It was used by voters in Indianapolis from the 1930s through the 1980 election.


“During this time, many African Americans struggled to gain the civil rights Caucasian men and women enjoyed. Even though the 15th Amendment granted all American citizens the right to vote regardless of “race, color or previous condition of servitude,” African Americans still struggled for the right to vote particularly in the southern United States. In Indiana, African


Americans continued to work for equal rights welcoming two significant federal laws, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voter Rights Act of 1965, helped to ensure African Americans the right to vote. You can look at  more elections artifacts from the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis’ Collection


U.S. History in Context: Elections is a database you can use in any IndyPL Library Branch or at home. Login using your library card number. It will show you biographies, magazines, videos and more about the elections.​



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NoveList K-8: Stories about Elections is a database you can use in any IndyPL Library Branch or at home. Login using your library card number. Novelist will show you fiction chapter books and picture books you can read about elections. Click on “Check the Library Catalog” to see if IndyPL has the book.



Use your indyPL Library Card to check out books at any of our locations, or check out e-books and e-audiobooks from home right to your device. Click on a book jacket below to request a book or download it. Need help? Call or ask a Library staff member at any of our locations, text a librarian at 317 333-6877, or leave a comment.

One Vote Two Votes I Vote Your Vote: All About VotingBecause They MarchedBlast Back Women's SuffrageHow Elections WorkThe Voting Rights Act of 1965Winners and Losers Elections in AmericaWomens Right to VotePresidential Elections and Other Cool FactsLillians Right to VoteFunny Kid for PresidentPedro Candidato PresidenteBig Nate Mr. PopularityCaste Your BallotThe Ellie McDoodle Diaries Ellie for PresidentI Am a Genius of UnspeakableThe Kid Who Ran for PresidentDont Vote for MeGranddaddy's TurnVote the Theory Practice and Destructive Properties of Politics



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