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Voters can get informed by getting online

Walk into the lobby of the Main Library, sit down at a computer terminal and ask it anything you want to know about political candidates.

St. Petersburg is one of four cities nationwide chosen for a pilot Voter Education Project being coordinated by the library, the League of Women Voters and the Public Information Exchange. All public libraries in the country are to have the system for the 1996 election.

The computer offers candidates' biographies for local, state and national races, congressional candidates' answers to questionnaires, and those candidates' ratings from various interest groups.

Explanations of proposed ballot measures, such as constitutional amendments, will be available.

The computer also has voter registration information, a list of polling places and addresses for candidates.

The library at 3745 Ninth Ave. N is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday.

The computer is said to be voter friendly, but librarians will help.