Raleigh County Celebrates National Voter’s Day

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It’s a special day to spread awareness about the importance of the opportunity our government gives Americans to make their voices heard. 

Tuesday, September 27, 2016 is National Voter Registration Day.

Woodrow Wilson High School senior, Larissa Tyree won’t be old enough to vote for this upcoming general election in November. But that doesn’t mean she isn’t getting ahead of the game in being registered. 

Through a leadership club at school, she’s already registered herself to vote.

“I think it’s important for young people to be involved in the world around them,” Tyree said. “And just to know what’s going on, that’s positive and something that all young people should aim to do.” 

John Quesenberry is Tyree’s social studies teacher and the one who organized the leadership club. He says Tyree and other members helped their fellow seniors learn how to register to vote last week to get ready for National Voter’s Registration Day. 

“Several of the kids went around and talked to the senior classes, told them about the different political parties,” Quesenberry said. “Not which one to join, but just a brief overview and walked them through the process of how to register online.”

Cecilia Chapman is the deputy clerk for Raleigh County Voter Registration. She says more than 54,000 people in the county are currently registered to vote. Chapman believes efforts to get local youth registered is important for the future of our communities. 

“If you want to voice your feelings, how you feel about your government and things going on, or not going on, then you need to register and let your voice be heard at the ballot box,” Chapman said. “That’s where it counts.”

The deadline to register to vote is October 18. Early voting begins October 26th. The general election is November 8th.

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