Last chance to register

As the 2020 presidential election draws near, so does the registration deadline to vote

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As the presidential election approaches on Nov. 3, many 18 year olds decide to register to vote for the first time. “I’m really big on politics and stand behind my beliefs and I’m super excited to vote in the presidential election because this will be my first voting experience,” senior Bella Cole said. She registered back in June.

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Many young people in the country are on the fence about voting this year and have yet to register, but it’s not too late for them to decide.

“I think voting is important. If you don’t vote, then don’t complain,” AP government teacher David Drath said.

The online voter registry deadline in Michigan for the presidential election is Oct. 19.

“I’ve been registered to vote since June. I’m really big on politics and stand behind my beliefs and I’m super excited to vote in the presidential election because this will be my first voting experience,” senior Bella Cole said.

In-person registering happens up until 8 p.m. on election day, which is Nov. 3; however,  if one registers past Oct. 30, they can only vote in person.  

“I’m an in-person voting kind of guy; I walk in, show them my ID and I never have to wait,” Drath said.

The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot is Oct. 30. Absent voter ballots must be received by the local clerk’s office by Nov. 3 in order to count in the presidential election.

“In the end it’s your choice and it’s your voice. Don’t let other people tell you what you should do or who you should vote for. Do some research from many different media outlets to educate yourself on what is going on and the beliefs on both sides of the political spectrum and form your own opinion,” Cole said.

For online registering, visit Michigan Voter Information Center at mvic.sos.state.mi.us. This website allows eligible people to register in four simple steps: verify eligibility, fill out an application, submit the application, and then the city clerk processes it. To register in person, visit a local township clerk’s office with proof of residency, like a bank statement or a drivers license.

“You have to vote,” Drath said, “because it’s your future.”