Voter Registration

I’m not entirely sure this belongs in our department, but we’ve had questions about it, so I thought it would be a helpful topic for us to know. I was informed last week by Verjeana in History that any PSD is tasked with accepting voter registration forms from patrons at their request. If and when this happens we are to put them in a routing envelope marked VOTER REGISTRATION and send them to the mail room.

I looked at the Shelby County Election Commission site (shelbyvote.com) and found an information page with a link to online registration, a downloadable paper form to mail, along with the mailing address, and directions for hand delivering the form for those who so desire. Simply follow this link: Register to Vote.

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A Free, Comprehensive Legal Resource

Courtlistener.com is an open source legal resource curated by the Free Law Project. The purpose of the site is to offer users “…a free legal research website containing millions of legal opinions from federal and state courts. With CourtListener, lawyers, journalists, academics, and the public can research an important case, stay up to date with new opinions as they are filed, or do deep analysis using our raw data.”

The opening page looks like this:

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I began my search with a simple Shelby County Tennessee and got this hit:

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If you look at the encircled field indicated by the arrow you can see in this next screen that I further narrowed down my search with a date and received more specific results:

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You have several different tools at your disposal on this site, which is full of much raw data. This can augment our legal offerings in a valuable way.

City of Memphis Street Paving Schedule

http://memegis.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=c6b3c8cd40304d7683a230f6f8ccc495

So you want to know when the City of Memphis will pave your street? The Memphis Public Works and Memphis Information Services divisions worked in tandem to provide the above street paving map. It tells paving that is upcoming this year and also in the future. Major Tennessee highways and state routes are also included.

Power to the People!

Power to the People!

2016 was a historic year for politics in the United States and more citizens have become involved in political action than there have been in a long time. To assist those interested in sharing their opinions with our representative politicians, this list identifies the key players in national affairs representing the region served by our fair institution, the Memphis Public Library and Information Center. Once you know who your representative is, you can contact them to voice your opinion on important matters, whether it concerns federal, state or local issues. This list will not be exhaustive, that is, it will not cover every possible government agency of every layer of government within the covered counties (so, for some examples, if you are wanting to petition the office of the mayor of Lake City, Arkansas, the school board of Independence High School in Tate County, MS or the powers that be in Yum Yum, TN, then I encourage you to do your own research into how you may contact those bodies). This list is a good start if you want to, for example, call your congressman to try to get them to vote the way you expect them to. To compile this list I used the region covered by the counties served by our LINC/211 service.

Each of the three states are listed alphabetically and include contact information for U.S. Senators and Congress members. Note that these representatives only accept and respond to constituents living within their own districts, so if you don’t live there, don’t waste your time trying to contact them directly.

Arkansas:

The state senators for Arkansas are:

John Boozman:            https://www.boozman.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/home

Tom Cotton:                https://www.cotton.senate.gov/

Crittenden County is in Arkansas’ 1st congressional district, represented by Rick Crawford.

http://crawford.house.gov/

Mississippi:

The state senators for Mississippi are:

Thad Cochran:             http://www.cochran.senate.gov/public/

Roger Wicker:             https://www.wicker.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/home

Desoto and Tate counties are within Mississippi’s 1st congressional district, and are represented by Trent Kelly:                                  https://trentkelly.house.gov/

Tunica County is within Mississippi’s 2nd congressional district, and is represented by Bennie Thompson:

https://benniethompson.house.gov/

Tennessee:

The state senators for Tennessee are:

Lamar Alexander:       http://www.alexanderforsenate.com/

Bob Corker:                 http://www.bobcorker.com/

Memphis and much of Shelby county is in Tennessee’s 9th congressional district, represented by Steve Cohen:               https://cohen.house.gov/

Parts of Shelby County, as well as Tipton, Lauderdale, Lake and Obion counties are in Tennessee’s 8th congressional district, represented by David Kustoff:

http://www.kustoffforcongress.com/

Happy Lobbying!

StatsIndiana

http://www.stats.indiana.edu/

From the Indiana Business Research Center at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business, this site gives tons of statistics for census, unemployment, manufacturing, and many other subjects. The information includes an overview of the United States, along with results for all fifty states, not just Indiana. Comparisons by state are listed for the economy, education, income & taxes, population & housing, along with the workforce. State comparisons include: the number of patents issued and county business pattern establishments under the economy listing. The number of members of unions can be found under the workforce tab. Population, housing, income, and labor force statistics are listed by county and metro area. Much more information is also included on the site.

Memphis Area Home Sales

http://www.maar.org/marketreports

These are monthly reports of the Memphis area home sales going back to 2009 from the Memphis Area Association of Realtors. Information includes the total house sales for the month, including new and existing houses. A breakdown of single family homes, condos, and duplex sales is also shown. There is also a table with a breakdown of home sales in the different areas of Memphis and Shelby County.

Pew Hispanic Center

http://www.pewhispanic.org

From the site, “Founded in 2001, the Pew Hispanic Center is a nonpartisan research organization that seeks to improve understanding of the U.S. Hispanic population and to chronicle Latinos’ growing impact on the nation.” The Center provides publications and statistics on the Hispanic population in the United States. Their Data and Resources section shows statistical portraits, along with demographic and economic characteristics of the Hispanic population segment. There is also a state and county database, along with a metropolitan fact sheet, that provides good statistical information on this segment.