Voter registration deadline arrives
It’s come down to this. Today is the last day to register to vote if you want to cast a ballot in the November general election.Those wanting to register need to go to one of two county clerk’s offices in Glenwood Springs by 6 p.m. or Rifle (see box) by 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 4 to fill out a registration form. People can also download the form off the Internet at http://www.garfield-county.com and mail it in, though registration forms that are mailed in must be postmarked by Oct. 4 or you’re out of luck. Garfield County Democratic party chairman Don Kaufman was adamant Sunday about the significance of registering to vote.
“This is the most important election of our lifetime,” said Kaufman. “If people choose not to speak with their vote, they absolutely lose the right to complain about the war in Iraq, the environment, the lack of education funding – the list goes on.” Republican party chairman Jim Larson said he’s been impressed at the numbers of people who have already registered to vote, and who have expressed an interest in candidates and issues.”People have been very active,” Larson said. “I think the local, state and national races have sparked extremely high voter interest.”Kaufman had strong words regarding every citizen’s responsibility to vote.”There’s nothing more disgusting than having our soldiers being killed for democracy overseas, when in our own population, a huge percentage chooses not to participate in the election process here at home.”
Larson said based on information he’s received from the county clerk’s office, Republicans are maintaining higher numbers than Democrats or unaffiliated voters.”We’ve had many calls from people interested in registering, and I’m sure the Democrats have as well.”Kaufman said during the last four months, Garfield County Democrats have been involved in a “huge” voter registration drive, utilizing the help of more than 100 volunteers. “The response has been overwhelming,” Kaufman said.
Larson said it’s important to notify the clerk’s office if a voter has moved since last voting, so voters report to the correct polling place on election day.”This just doesn’t apply to people moving into the county, but also if your address has changed within Garfield County,” Larson said. “Make sure you check with the county clerk no later than 5 p.m. (today).”Contact Carrie Click: 945-8515, ext. firstname.lastname@example.org
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