National Voter Registration Day is set for September 23, but Logan’s County Clerk John Turner is switching things up a bit. Instead of waiting until the end of September, Turner has decided to make the local Voter Registration Day on Patriot’s Day: September 11.
During that day, Turner will set up outside of the courthouse from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. encouraging people to register to vote. In 2008, 6 million Americans did not vote because they missed a registration deadline or did not know how to register. This event is an effort to make sure every American who wishes to vote in the upcoming election has the chance to do so.
“We’ll go outside, set a booth or table up, see if people have any comments or questions and just try to encourage people to vote,” Turner said. “I’ll have a table set up with information, voter registration forms, a place to submit concerns or ideas.”
Voter Registration Day is a chance to register voters, educate eligible voters and change the conversation. Turner said he especially hopes to target the 18-29 demographic, which has the lowest voting turn out in the county and nationwide.
“A core responsibility of being a citizen of this country is to get out and vote,” Turner said. “I was going to say no matter who you vote for, but check the background on them and see what they stand for. That’s what I do.”
Turner will be available to help those interested in registering to vote on September 11, but for those who will be working or will not have time that day, Turner says it is just as easy to stop by his office in the courthouse and register. The last day to register to vote for the upcoming election is October 14. Early voting begins October 22.
“Do you know what I call that,” Turner said. “No excuse. That’s ten days open for people to stop by and vote. No one can say they didn’t have the time.”
The General Election is set for Tues., Nov. 4. Turner says he expects numbers to be up for this election due to the close races in the Senate and House. For more information, contact the County Clerk’s office, or stop by the tent set up on September 11.