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Romance and Relationships in the Ballot Box: Ten Books to Lighten Up Voting Season

We're all pretty tired of politics, but whoever you're voting for this year, we could all use a book or eight to lighten the mood. So head to your polling place (or your mailbox), but remember to stop by the library and check out one of these great novels highlighting a cuter side of voting season. 

The Voting Booth by Brandy Colbert 

Marva has been waiting for this day--the day she gets to vote in her first election. Duke just wants to vote to honor his late activist brother and get it over with. When she sees him turned away from their polling place due to a registration mix-up, they band together and set out to right this wrong. While they drive from precinct to precinct, they also bond and find that their connection might be more than just a shared mission for democracy. 

Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed

Jaime is terrified of talking to strangers...or anyone really. Knocking on doors for his local state senate candidate is the LAST THING he'd ever do; until he meets Maya. She's having the worst Ramadan ever. Her summer trip is canceled, her best friend is busy, and her parents are separating. Her mom decides that the solution to all Maya's problems is somehow political canvassing with a guy she barely knows. Going door to door isn't exactly what they'd planned, but maybe it's just the thing that they need after all. 

Red, White, And Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Sparks fly in this enemies-to-boyfriends novel. First Son Alex Claremont-Diaz is the closest thing to a prince on this side of the Atlantic. But being in the public eye has its downsides and when he gets into a bit of a tiff with Britain's Prince Henry at a royal wedding, they have to play nice. But their fake friendship starts to become something more, can they justify upending two nations just to be together? 

Running by Natalia Sylvester

Cuban-American Senator Anthony Ruiz has always been able to count on his daughter's vote. But when he runs for president, the press descends, and fifteen-year-old Mariana begins to find out that perhaps her father is not the principled man she thought he was. While tensions in the family rise, Mari begins to try to speak up. But how can you find your voice while the tabloids invent scandals and doctor photos? What happens when your dad stops being your hero? And will Mari have the courage to stand for what she believes in? 

The State of Us by Shaun David Hutchinson

When Dean's mom decides to run for president, it's not a surprise to anyone. But that doesn't mean that Dean wants to be a part of it... Until he meets Dre. There's just one problem--Dre is the son of the opposing candidate. And when they start falling for each other, they not only have to cross the aisle, but deal with the shady scheming of a third-party candidate who is trying to make their relationship and their whole world implode. 

Most Likely by Sarah Watson

Ava, CJ, Jordan, and Martha have been friends since kindergarten and are now headed to college. But there's more than that ahead of them--one of them is destined to become president. These four friends have had each other's backs through every crush, breakup, roadblock, and success and prove that women can do anything that they put their minds to—even become president. 

You Say It First by Kate Cotugno

Meg has her life perfectly planned. One last summer working in a voter registration call center before she and her best friend are off to Cornell. Colby's life is in pieces, recovering from a family tragedy and working in a dead-end job. So when Meg calls him trying to get him to register to vote everything changes.

Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore

England, 1879. In return for a scholarship to the University of Oxford, the brilliant but broke Annabelle Archer must support the growing women's suffrage movement by recruiting men to champion their cause. Her target is Duke Sebastian Devereux, who opposes everything he stands for and whose attraction to Annabelle is getting in the way of his search for a high-society wife to secure his legacy.  In a battle of rising passions and wills, Annabelle will learn just what it takes to bring down a duke.