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National Voter Registration Day: encouraging citizens to register

The last day for Alabamians to register to vote for the upcoming general elections is Monday, October 19, 2020.
Published: Sep. 22, 2020 at 5:44 PM CDT
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - There are six weeks until the general election, but in order to exercise your right to vote you must be registered. What better day to register to vote than National Voter Registration Day?

"A day set aside all across the country to encourage people to become registered voters.” Merrill said.

For Merrill, every day is national voter registration day. He said since January 19, 2015 they have registered 1,647,294 new voters, putting Alabama at a state record of 3,655,528 registered voters.

“96 percent of all eligible African Americans are registered to vote, 91 percent of all eligible white Alabamians are registered to vote and 94 percent of all eligible Alabamians are registered to vote so we want everybody to go to the polls on November the third so they can have their voice heard and their vote counted,” Merrill said.

On November third Americans will be heading to the polls to vote in the general election, but not without proper registration first. Eligible voters can register to vote through the “Vote for Alabama” application or…

“Go online to alabamavotes.gov and you can register to vote for the first time, or check your voter registration status, check where you’re supposed to go vote, who the candidates are that are running for office, see a sample ballot and all of those things that are necessary,” Merrill said.

If you do not have access to a laptop or cell phone you can still register to vote through the paper process by going to your board of registrars office or by requesting a voter registration form (or downloading the voter registration form) submit it and it will be processed.

For the state of Alabama, the online, mail in, and in person voter registration for the upcoming general election deadline is Monday, October 19, 2020.

“In ordered to be an engaged voter you must be an informed voter, so we want to ensure that our people have appropriate and correct information so they can make the choices they need to make as they move forward in selecting our national and state leaders,” Merrill said.

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