Push to get more voters registered ahead of November election
GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY, Mich. (WPBN/WGTU) -- Millions of Americans find themselves unable to vote, because they aren't registered.
Volunteers participating in National Voter Registration Day are aiming to change that.
First recognized in 2012, the national holiday is held the fourth Tuesday of September and has resulted in tens of thousands more registered voters.
Anne Montgomery is the voter services co-chair for the League of Women Voters Grand Traverse Area. She says National Voter Registration Day is a time to put political views aside, and focus on the right to vote.
"It's important for us to have our voices said to the public and to ourselves," says Montgomery. "We need to remember that we are citizens, and without that effort to make your voice heard you're going to lose your voice and it's important that we don't do that as citizens."
The League of Women Voters set up voter registration at Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City.
With help from the Grand Traverse and Leelanau County clerks, the group was able to answer questions about registration, and the voting process.
"Obviously people can go to their local township or city clerk to register to vote, the Secretary of State Office, or their county clerk office, but community outreach at a university or a school is always a good way to reach new voters," says Grand Traverse County Clerk Sarah Lutz.
As long as you have a form of I.D., registering to vote is a pretty simple process.
It took Kyle Konas less than five minutes to register, which is a small amount of time he believes could make a big difference.
"It's a drop in the bucket, but it takes everybody coming together.. and that's the whole point," says Konas. "If everybody just thought they had no voice, there would be no one voting, and one vote can win the election."
The deadline to register to vote is October 9th, and election day is November 6th.
You do not need to be 18 years old to register to vote, but you do need to be 18 the day of the election.
If you would like to see a sample ballot before heading to the polls, click here.