Next Friday marks final day to register to vote in Nov. 6 election

Published 12:09 am Saturday, October 20, 2012

The deadline in registering to vote for the November election is approaching. If those wanting to vote have not registered — they should do so before Friday, Oct. 26 at 4:30 p.m.

Board of Registrars member Lola Sewell said the office in courthouse off of Lauderdale Street has been a packed the last few weeks.

“I had a line of people going all the way outside the door,” Sewell said.

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She said those registering to vote need to write legibly. Having to try to determine someone’s poor handwriting has been slowing the office down.

“Sometimes we have to pass the application around all three of us in the office to try to figure out the handwriting,” she said.

No identification is required when registering to vote, but identification is required when actually voting at the polls or doing an onsite vote.

Onsite voting can be done on the second floor of the courthouse. The deadline for onsite voting is Thursday, Nov. 1 at 4:30 p.m. Absentee ballots should be mailed in by that date as well.

Those wishing to change their name or change their address should come by and fill out a half-page form prior to the registration deadline.

Even though the days leading up to the deadline for voter registration will be hectic for the Board of Registrars workers, they want to encourage anyone who is thinking about registering to vote to do it now.

“If you want to register to vote don’t wait until the last minute thinking that you have time know that you only have until 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 26. Our office will close and that will be the last chance to register to vote,” Sewell said. “Don’t put off to tomorrow what you can do today.”

The Registrars office is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.