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Officials work to make voters aware of deadlines

Gary B. Gray • Sep 13, 2013 at 10:37 AM

The Washington County Election Commission is joining Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett in reminding citizens that September is National Voter Registration Month.

Hargett is working with county election officials to make eligible voters aware of registration deadlines and requirements, as well as encouraging voters already registered to update their current registration if they have recently changed their addresses.

“It’s important for individuals to register to vote, bit it is equally important for voters to verify that their registrations are up to date,” said Maybell Stewart, Washington County administrator of elections. “If you have moved, now is a great time to update your address.”

In an effort to remind eligible voters to register or update their voting information before deadlines pass, the National Association of Secretaries of State also has declared Sept. 24 as National Voter Registration Day. The goal is to encourage voter participation and increase awareness of state requirements and deadlines.

“The right to vote should never be taken for granted,” Hargett, who also is the NASS president, said in a news release. “I encourage all eligible U.S. citizens to register if they haven’t already.”

Stewart said the registration deadline is 30 days before any election day. The state primary and county general elections will be held Aug. 7

“We’ll be having a voter registration drive at the courthouse in Jonesborough on Sept. 24,” Stewart said.

The courthouse is located at 110 E. Main St. For more information about Washington County elections, registration, deadlines and voting procedures, call the Election Commission at 753-1688.

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