Getting people registered on National Voter Registration Day

A push to get people registered before election day.

Posted: Sep. 25, 2018 5:55 PM
Updated: Sep. 25, 2018 6:47 PM

ROCHESTER, Minn. - On National Voter Registration Day, there were several booths set up in Rochester encouraging and helping people to get registered to vote.

At Rochester Community and Technical College, Student Senate and Lead MN had a table set up to get college students registered for the November election.

"I think it's always important to make your voice heard by voting but this year's really important," says Student Senate treasurer Meghan Jirik.

"We also have a lower turn-out for the younger generation, so trying to get more students involved especially," adds Hazel Thorp, a recent RCTC graduate and a member of Lead MN.

At the Rochester Public Library, the League of Women Voters set up to answer voting-related questions and help people get registered. 

"I think voting is really important," says Debra Duffy-Smet, who is on the board of directors for the LWV. "We all have this opportunity to have a voice in our government both local state and federal and its an opportunity we don't want to pass up. People think their vote doesn't count, but it does."

In Olmsted County, people can register to vote in-person at the Government Center. In Cerro Gordo County, people can register in-person at the County Auditor's office. In Iowa, in-person voter registration must be done 10 days before the general election. Both Iowans and Minnesotans and register on election day. By mail, Iowans must postmark registration 15 days before election day and in Minnesota, the mail must be received 21 days before election day. Iowans have 10 days to vote online before election day and Minnesotans have 21 days.

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