Register to exercise your right to vote


September deemed National Voter Registration Month

GRAFTON—Voting in an election gives the “little man” a voice that can be heard at some of the highest levels. To help encourage individuals to participate in such an important aspect of life, September has been designated as National Voter Registration Month.

West Virginia Secretary of state Mac Warner, in conjunction with fellow members of the National Association of Secretaries of State, are encouraging citizens to celebrate the month by registering to vote.

National Voter Registration Month was established in 2002, as a non-partisan means of encouraging voter participation and increasing the awareness of state requirements and voting deadlines. September 25 will be designated as National Voter Registration Day.

In a proclamation issued by Warner on August 31, it is said that registering to vote empowers eligible residents to exercise their right to vote on election day, and that the registration process is easier and more convenient than ever before.

He further states in the document that West Virginia’s user-friendly online voter registration system enables eligible residents to register, check or update their registration status 24-hours a day.

According to Warner, as of today there are over 1.2 million registered voters in the state, but there are still an estimated 100,000 eligible residents who have not yet registered.

“Formal participation on our democracy starts with becoming a registered voter,” Warner said. “As the state’s chief elections officer, I am extremely proud that my office and our county clerks worked together to register 77,319 new voters over the last 18 months.”

Registering to vote is as simple as logging on to www.GoVoteWV.com and completing the online applications or stopping in at the Taylor County Clerk’s office and completing a paper version.

When registering in person, individuals will need to provide a valid form of photo identification such as a driver’s license. For a list of other information needed, or a complete list of valid forms of identification, please contact the Taylor County Clerk’s Office by phone at 304-265-1401.

To be eligible to vote in West Virginia, citizens must be 18 year of age or older before November 6 and must be a resident of the state.

For more information, resources or tools for learning about the application process, please log on to www.GoVoteWV.com.

In addition, the National Association of Secretaries of State and state election officials have created canivote.com, a beneficial tool in helping eligible voters learn how and where to go vote.

As always, the Taylor County Clerk’s office will also be available to help residents learn of their eligibility to vote, as well as where their polling place will be.

Warner would like to remind citizens that the deadline to register to vote in the November General Election is Tuesday, October 16.

So, what are you waiting for? Register today so that your voice can be heard.  It is often said, “If you do not vote, then you do not get to complain with the outcome.”