Registering To Vote

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By: Samantha Watson

Ingham County Chronicle staff writer

Tuesday, November 6, 2012 will be the first time millions of citizens will be voting in the United States presidential race. For most undergraduate students this will be the first president election they will be eligible to vote.

Lyndsey Kubbe, a freshman at Michigan State, registered to vote but didn’t know she needed to apply for an absentee ballot. “I thought since I was registered to vote I was good to go. I had no idea I needed an absentee ballot,” said Kubbe.

According to www.michigan.gov/sos, an absentee ballot must be requested by voters unable to vote in their own jurisdictions. To obtain an absentee ballot a handwritten request must be submitted to the voter’s city or township clerk. All requests must be received by the clerk no later than 2pm on Saturday before the election.

[Video quote- Amanda Bonner Freshman @ MSU from Harrison Township.]

Jordan Miller, a senior at Michigan State University, expressed her excitement to vote this year. This is the first year Miller is old enough to vote in the presidential election. “I haven’t yet, but I am going to register to vote, since I was too young during the last election,” Miller said. Miller was unaware before the interview where she could register to vote.

Voter applications are available and accepted at the Secretary of State, clerks’ offices, military recruitment services and voter registration drives. MSU student government ASMSU holds voter registration events on campus. Potential voters can also visit Rock The Vote to prepare and print an application at https://register.rockthevote.com/registrants/new?partner=19567&source=MSU .

The last day to become a registered voter is Oct. 9, 2012.

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