Letters to the Editor

Don’t forget to register, vote

To the Journal editor:

Did you know that nearly one in four Americans is not registered to vote? Voter registration is the key to engaging all Americans in the political process.

While national elections get the media attention, local elections in many ways have a more direct impact on people’s lives. The result of local elections can affect the quality of our roads, our parks, the schools our children attend, police and fire protection, local taxes and more.

On Nov. 7 throughout Marquette County, important elections are happening including the Marquette City Commission, Board of Light and Power, and the Negaunee City Council and Board of Review.

The city of Negaunee and many of the townships also have important millage proposals. Most of the county will have the opportunity to select their representative for the 109th Michigan House District.

Every year many Americans don’t claim their right to vote because they miss a deadline, move, change names, or don’t know how to register in the first place. With over a quarter of Americans not voting at all this is a reminder that in order to exercise one of our most basic rights, you need to be registered to vote.

To register, you must be a U.S. citizen, at least 18 years of age by election day and a resident of Michigan and the city or township where you are applying to register to vote. The last day to register to vote for the Nov. 7 election is Monday.

You can register to vote for federal, state, and local elections by mail or in person at your county, city or township clerk’s office, or by visiting any of the Secretary of State branch offices located throughout the state. Absentee voting is available if you are disabled, 60 years of age or older or expecting to be out of town on election day. To learn more and to see if you are registered visit www.michigan.gov/vote.

Before you vote check out the League of Women Voters www.vote411.org site to learn about the proposals and the candidates’ views and positions. Then exercise your right to vote by going to your assigned polling place on election day and voting! The polls are open from 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Remember, if you don’t vote, someone else will.

Don’t be complacent. Participate!

Darlene T. Allen

League of Women Voters of Delta County

Marquette County Unit