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Law Library News for October 23, 2000

Ann Hemmens, editor

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Voter Information on the Web

by Peggy Jarrett

Election day is coming up fast � Tuesday November 7, 2000. If you are interested in the many issues and candidates on the ballot, there are a variety of official and unofficial web resources:

Vote 2000 from the Washington Secretary of State,, links to state ballot measures and an online candidates guide. The ballot measures section contains the full text of the six statewide initiatives and one constitutional amendment, along with explanatory information, and arguments for and against. The online candidates guide has statements of candidates from federal, statewide, judicial, and legislative offices.

Video Voters Guide from TVW, Washington State�s public affairs network, at, has audio and video of candidates, plus Seattle Post-Intelligencer editorial board interviews. To find the guides and interviews, under the Audio & Video link, click on Archives, then Campaigns and Elections.

Project Vote Smart,, is a nonpartisan �national library of factual information on over 13,000 elected offices and candidates for public office --- President, Governors, Congress and State Legislatures.� Coverage includes biographies, issue positions, voting records, campaign finances, and special interest performance evaluations.

Congressional Quarterly�s Campaigns and Elections site,, has election news and a political oddsmaker feature.

The University of Michigan Documents Center�s Election 2000,, is a clearinghouse of election and policy issue sites.

The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on November 7. Your precinct's polling place is on your voter registration card and also will be listed in the newspaper the Friday before election day.

Candidates for Law School Dean - Publications

Patty Roberts, a Circulation Supervisor, has placed on Course Reserves the most recent publications for each Dean candidate. To see specific items either go through MARIAN, the online Law Library catalog under the link Course Reserves by Course Name and type in the candidate�s last name OR look through the listings in the brightly colored file folders located on the Circulation Desk (Library, 2nd floor).

United Nations Day

United Nations Day has been celebrated every October 24th since 1947 in nations around the world. The theme for 2000 is International Year for the Culture of Peace.

The United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA),, coordinates the National UN Day Program. According to the UN Day Program Manual 2000, the primary goal of a culture of peace is �building an environment on the local, national and international level, that places human dignity, social justice and nonviolent resolution of conflict, as the basis for relations within and among nations� (p. 3).

To learn more about the United Nations, visit its website,, or search MARIAN, the Law Library catalog, for books such as:

  • Department of Public Information, Basic Facts About the United Nations, JX1977.A37 B3 at Classified Stacks & latest edition at Reference Office.
  • Benedetto Conforti, The Law and Practice of the United Nations, JX1977 .C61513 1997 at Classified Stacks.

The UN is highlighted in several of the Law Library online Legal Research Guides, including International Law of the Sea and Human Rights Research.