Make sure you are registered to vote by Oct. 10

A timely reminder from the state: Those who want to vote in the Nov. 7 elections in Michigan need to make sure they are registered by Oct. 10.

True, this year’s elections will pale to what was on the ballot a year ago in November but, honestly, most of us needed the break.

Still, some municipalities in Dickinson and Iron counties do have public offices on the ballot. And, of course, in the region Marquette County will choose a replacement for the late John Kivela in the 109th state House district.

The upcoming elections also serve as a good reminder to make sure you’re properly on the rolls, especially those who might have moved since the last such vote and perhaps didn’t think about the change of address also potentially changing their voting status.

Getting registered means going to the local clerk’s office or a Secretary of State branch, “so that their voice can be heard in their community,” Secretary of State Ruth Johnson said.

And this year offers a few extra days to get that done, state officials advised.

Because the customary 30-day close of registration falls on Sunday, Oct. 8, and the following Monday, Oct. 9, is Columbus Day, the close of registration deadline moves to Tuesday, Oct. 10.

To register to vote, applicants must be at least 18 years old by Election Day and U.S. citizens. Applicants also must be residents of Michigan and of the city or township in which they wish to register.

Voters can register by mail or in person at their county, city or township clerk’s office or by visiting any Secretary of State office. The mail-in form is available at www.Michigan.gov/elections.

Voters who register by mail must vote in person in their first election, unless they hand-deliver the application to their local clerk, are age 60 or older, are disabled or are eligible to vote under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act.

Not sure of your registration status? Go online to the Michigan Voter Information Center at www.Michigan.gov/vote, which also lists a sample ballot and polling places.

Residents also can find information on absentee voting, Michigan’s voter identification requirement, how to use voting equipment and how to contact their local clerk.

So be sure you’re eligible to vote before going to the polls Nov. 7.

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