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Deadline to register to vote in November approaching

Posted: Thursday, September 30, 2010

While the local elections are right around the corner, the deadline to register to vote in November's general elections for governor and U.S. Congress is even closer.

In order to vote in the Nov. 2 election, people must register or update their registration if they have moved, by midnight on Oct. 3, according to the Alaska Division of Elections.

"People need to get out there and vote," said Julia Husmann, a division of elections supervisor in Anchorage. "This election is really important (deciding) who will be our senator and who will represent Alaska in Washington."

There is no Division of Elections office on the Kenai Peninsula, but interested residents can pick up voter registration forms around town and send them in via fax, e-mail or snail mail to the Region 1 office in Juneau.

The forms can also be found on the division website at elections.alaska.gov.

"They could go to the DMV and go to the library and pick up forms and fax them to us or go online," Husmann said.

The forms can be completed online and e-mailed or faxed in, she said. If people do choose to e-mail their forms, they must be signed, scanned and then e-mailed. Voter registration forms cannot be processed without a signature.

Signed registration forms can be e-mailed to electionsr1@alaska.gov.

"When it comes to the state of Alaska your votes do count," Husmann said.

In August's primary election, two U.S. House of Representatives winning candidates in Districts 12 and 18 came down to a difference of a few votes.

"That's how much they do count," she said.

Voter turnout at the primaries was some 34 percent of registered voters. Husmann predicts it will be stronger at the general election, probably somewhere around the 51 percent that voted in the 2006 general. For the 2008 presidential election some 66 percent of voters went out to the polls.

Brielle Schaeffer can be reached at brielle.schaeffer@peninsulaclarion.com.



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