The Herald Bulletin

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Opinion

April 4, 2014

Editorial: Voter registration is critical ahead of primary elections

Primary elections don’t always draw interest from Hoosier voters.

Go back four years and Madison County had a 21 percent turnout of its voters. Of 91,510 registered voters then, 19,172 cast a ballot. That percentage was an almost perfect match of the statewide turnout.

Yet everyone knows how critical a primary is in setting up candidates for the general election and future representation.

On May 6, we’ll decide party candidates for U.S. and state House representatives, county offices and township officials, among others.

But no Hoosier can participate without being a registered voter. And the deadline is Monday.

Under Indiana code, a voter registration application must be submitted no later than 29 days before the next election. The next deadline for registration is 11:59 p.m. April 7.

But the local voter registration office in the Madison County courthouse won’t be open that late. The Voter Registration office on the second floor of the Madison County Government Center will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. for people to register.

If you have questions, check with the Madison County voter registration office at 641-9443 or 641-9657.

Potential voters can also register online — if you have a valid driver’s license — through midnight Monday at https://indianavoters.in.gov, which also offers more instructions on the voting process.

If you can, register to vote today.

If not, you truly should head to the courthouse on Monday. There’s still time to be part of the process that decides Indiana’s future.

In Summary There's still time to be part of the process that decides Indiana's future.

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