2013-09-12 / Front Page

Voter registration drive set for Saturday; voter, campaign event next Wednesday

Two important voter events are set for the coming week to prepare and inform Washington-Wilkes voters before the upcoming November election.

This Saturday, September 14, the Wilkes County Board of Registrars will be on The Square in Washington from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. for voter registration. “Anyone who may wish to register to vote, change your address or name will have the opportunity to make those changes on their voter record,” Registrar Debbie Anderson said.

For voters in the city of Washington, the last day to make changes or register for the November 5 General Election is October 7, she said. Advance voting for the city election will begin Monday, October 14.

Next Wednesday, September 18, the Board of Registrars will be at the Pope Center giving presentations on voter education and registration at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., and 6 p.m. “This is open to anyone in the county,” Anderson said. “Some of the topics to be covered include the voter registration application, absentee ballot applications, and the return envelope for the absentee ballot by mail.”

In addition, the registrars will have a touch-screen voting machine for voters to try. “Voters can enjoy a fun sample ballot which will include selecting candidates and even includes a couple of sample questions. If you’ve never voted on a touch-screen, we would like to invite you to come by and see how easy you can cast a ballot when you vote in person.”

The Wednesday event at the Pope Center is also an opportunity for candidates and campaign workers to ask questions, get training, and learn more about the upcoming election, Anderson said. “I would like to remind all candidates that there will be no campaigning during the entire day, inside or outside. The day is set aside for the voter, and not politics!”

The event is open to anyone in the county, and anyone who does not have transportation can call Wilkes Transit at 706-678-4459 for information on bus schedules and fees.

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