Category Archives: U.S. News

Registered to Vote?

Deadline to Register: The last day to register to vote in the November 4th, 2008, general election is October 6th, 2008. Applications to vote must be in the voter registration office or post-marked by that date.

Deadline for Absentee Voting: Applications for an absentee ballot by mail must be in the voter registration office by Tuesday, October 28th, 2008. The last day for in-person absentee voting is Saturday, Novemeber 1st, 2008.


Go to Fill out your voter registration form online, print it, and mail it!

More detailed information on voter registration, absentee voting, and deadlines from Project Vote Smart

The Virginia State Board of Elections–Check your voter registration status or update your voter registration information if you’ve moved or changed your name or other information.

The Presidential Candidates

Barack Obama, Democratic nominee for President

John McCain, Republican nominee for President

Chuck BaldwinConstitution party nominee for President

Bob Barr, Libertarian nominee for President

Cynthia McKinney, Green party nominee for President

Ralph Nader, Independent nominee for President



Candidates for District 6, Roanoke-Salem-Vinton

Mark R. Warner, Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate

James S. “Jim” Gilmore III, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate

Glenda Gail Parker, Independent Green candidate for U.S. Senate

William B. Redpath, Libertarian candidate for U.S. Senate

S. “Sam” Rasoul, Democratic candidate for Member, House of Representatives

R.W. “Bob” Goodlatte, Republican candidate for Member, House of Representatives

Janice Lee Allen, Independent candidate for Member, House of Representatives


From another area of Virginia? Find your district’s candidates here.


Voting/Election Information by State


  • Louisiana (LA)
  • Maine (ME)
  • Maryland (MD)
  • Massachusetts (MA)
  • Michigan (MI)
  • Minnesota (MN)
  • Mississippi (MS)
  • Missouri (MO)
  • Montana (MT)
  • Nebraska (NE)
  • Nevada (NV)
  • New Hampshire (NH)
  • New Jersey (NJ)
  • New Mexico (NM)
  • New York (NY)
  • North Carolina (NC)
  • North Dakota (ND)
  • Ohio (OH)
  • Oklahoma (OK)


    Hurricane Chaser or Weather Junkie?

    August 29th, 2008, was the 3rd anniversary of the day Hurricane Katrina hit the New Orleans area. Hurricane Rita came only three weeks after Katrina, reflooding the Gulf coast and making clean-up and recovery efforts that much more difficult. According to, with The Times-Picayune, “The devastation to the Gulf Coast by these two hurricanes is being called the greatest disaster in our nation’s history.”

    A little over a week ago, Hurricane Ike pummeled the Galveston, TX, area, with winds reaching 110 miles an hour and drawing comparisons to the unnamed hurricane of 1900, which killed more than 6000 people.

    The Brown Library has many books and resources about Hurricane Katrina and severe weather conditions in general, including:

    • Burt, Christopher C.. Extreme Weather: A Guide & Record Book. Circulating collection, call number QC983.B78 2004
    • Brinkley, Douglas. The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Circulating collection, call number HV636 2005.L8 B75 2006
    • McQuaid, John. Path of Destruction: The Devastation of New Orleans and the Coming Age of Superstorms. Circulating collection, call number HV636 2005.L8 M37 2006
    • Bolt, Bruce A. et al.. Geological Hazards: Earthquakes, Tsunamis, Volcanoes, Avalanches, Landslides, Floods. Circulating collection, call number QE501.3.G46
    • Linden, Eugene. The Winds of Change: Climate, Weather, and the Destruction of Civilizations. Circulating collection, call number QC981.8.C5 L567 2006
    • Prah, Pamela M.. Disaster Preparedness [electronic resource]. Internet—Books—Online Access.