By Olivia Rubick
MI First Election
To vote, one must register in advance. Some first-time voters were very prompt about registering to vote in the March primary. Others missed..
“I registered to vote almost immediately after my 18th birthday, even though there was no election coming up for a couple years, I still wanted to get it done right away so then when an election did come up, I would be all set,” said first time voter David Halvorson. “I think it is one of those things that really makes you feel adult. This is going to be my first year voting and I’m glad I won’t have to worry about registration deadlines since I already did that. You don’t really hear much about the deadlines so I’m sure a lot of people miss out on voting because of that.”
The deadline to register for Michigan’s Nov. 8 election is Tuesday, Oct. 11. People can register by mail, at the Secretary of State office, or by going to their county, city or township clerk’s office. First-time voters who register by mail must vote in person in their election.
The primary is open to all registered voters and they may vote in either the Democratic or Republican primary. Michigan voters do not have to register by party, but on Election Day, they must indicate which primary they wish to participate in. The Requirements differ if the voter is voting absentee.
“I don’t think that it is made well enough known that you have to register to vote a month before the Election Day. The only reason that I am already registered is because one of my friends told me I needed to do it a couple days before Feb. 8,” said first time voter Zach Maskin. “I really don’t know who I am going to vote for yet but since I have the privilege too, I need to educate myself so my vote isn’t wasted.”
Other voters did not get the memo about the registration deadlines and are not going to be voting in the Michigan primary.
“This is the first that I am hearing about registration deadlines, I just thought that I would have to be registered before the Election Day. Looks like I’m going to be sitting this one out,” said student Brandon Butterfield. “I still plan on voting in November and I am going to go register to vote right away so I don’t wait too long and miss out on that vote too, because I definitely have strong feelings about the election and want my vote to count.”