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Voter Registration Deadline Approaching

Rich Liberatore volunteering to help students register to vote.

Students now have less than one week to get registered to vote.

Rich Liberatore, is a volunteer with the Kent County Democratic Party, who has been carrying a clipboard around Grand Rapids Community College asking students if they are registered to vote yet.

Student responses to Liberatore and his clipboard have varied.

“It’s a mix, I want to not react to being a little discouraged when I hear some people say they’re not interested or don’t have time,” Liberatore said. “I’ve gotten that from some (students) but I’ve also gotten a number of people who have registered and thanked me.”

How to register to vote:

To register to vote for the presidential election in Michigan, you must be registered by October 11. To be eligible to register you must be 18 years old, a resident of Michigan and a resident of the city or township where you are applying to be eligible to vote. You must also be registered to vote at least 30 days before the election.

The easiest way to get a voter registration form is to visit the Secretary of State’s office, or the Student Life Center, room 02. The form can be filled out and turned in there. After turning in the registration, no further action is required on your part. After returning the form, a clerk will mail you your voter card that will contain the address of your polling station.

Another way to get registered to vote is through a new app called HelloVote. The app allows you to register to vote via text. You can register online and have the option to receive your registration application via email or mail. You can access this resource via this link.

There is also a federal program via USA.gov aiming to help cut down on confusion for college students who may be attending college in another state and have questions regarding registering to vote. USA.gov contains information to help college students answer questions they may have regarding the registration process.

For more information, please visit the Michigan Secretary of State website.

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