Dead­line for voter reg­is­tra­tion on Oc­to­ber 9

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Sec­re­tary Brian Kemp joined fel­low mem­bers of the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Sec­re­taries of State in re­mind­ing cit­i­zens that Septem­ber 2012 is Na­tional Voter Reg­is­tra­tion Month. Sec­re­tary Kemp is work­ing with gov­ern­ment and elec­tion of­fi­cials across the state to make el­i­gi­ble vot­ers aware of reg­is­tra­tion dead­lines and re­quire­ments for the Nov. 6 Gen­eral Elec­tion, as well as pro­mot­ing state re­sources to help with the reg­is­tra­tion process.

“As Ge­or­gians and cit­i­zens of the United States of Amer­ica, we have no more solemn honor than our priv­i­lege to cast a vote,” said Kemp. “As Ge­or­gia’s chief elec­tions of­fi­cer, I want to make sure that ev­ery Ge­or­gian has the op­por­tu­nity to reg­is­ter to vote and make their voice heard at the poll.”

Ge­or­gia cit­i­zens have un­til Oct. 9 to reg­is­ter to vote in or­der to take part in the Nov. 6 Gen­eral Elec­tion.

Ge­or­gia cit­i­zens have ac­cess to sev­eral con­ve­nient meth­ods of reg­is­ter­ing to vote: Down­load, com­plete, and mail a voter reg­is­tra­tion ap­pli­ca­tion from http://sos.ge­or­gia.gov/elec­tions/how_­to_regis- ter.htm.

Contact your lo­cal county board of reg­is­trars’ of­fice or elec­tion of­fice, pub­lic li­brary, pub­lic as­sis­tance of­fice, re­cruit­ment of­fice, schools and other gov­ern­ment of­fices for a mail-in reg­is­tra­tion form. A list can be found at http://sos.ge­or­gia.gov/cgibin/coun­tyreg­is­trarsin­dex.asp.

- Reg­is­tra­tion is of­fered when you re­new or ap­ply for your driver’s li­cense at Depart­ment of Driver Ser­vices. Col­lege students can ob­tain Ge­or­gia voter reg­is­tra­tion forms or the nec­es­sary forms to reg­is­ter in any state in the U.S. from their school reg­is­trar’s of­fice or from the of­fice of the vice pres­i­dent of aca­demic af­fairs.

The na­tion’s sec­re­taries of state es­tab­lished Septem­ber as Na­tional Voter Reg­is­tra­tion Month to en­cour­age voter par­tic­i­pa­tion and in­crease aware­ness of state re­quire­ments and dead­lines for vot­ing. De­spite record-break­ing reg­is­tra­tion and voter turnout lev­els in many states for the Novem­ber 2008 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, six mil­lion po­ten­tial vot­ers did not cast a bal­lot be­cause they missed a voter reg­is­tra­tion dead­line or did not know how to reg­is­ter to vote.

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