Deadline looms to register for August primary

Time is running out if you want to vote in the August primary. Registrations need to be turned into your local municipal clerks office by the close of business, Monday, July 9th. (Photo: WEYI/WSMH)

Time is running out if you want to vote in the August primary. Registrations need to be turned into your local municipal clerks office by the close of business, Monday, July 9th.

"Our county is one of the worse in voter turnout," says Genesee County clerk John Gleason. "People just don’t vote like our parents and grandparents did."

So Gleason is urging people to sign up before the deadline.

Michigan voters will have some big decisions to make come August 7th. Candidates for governor will be narrowed down along with nominees for US senate, congress, and many local millage proposals.

"I know we’re going for a new governor and I really think that’s very important right now," says Swartz Creek resident Cori Holland. Holland says she plans to vote in August but Flushing Township resident Ronald Coffman says he is waiting until November, despite admitting next month's election is important.

When you register at the clerk's office, bring your Michigan driver's license or state issued ID. If you cannot make it into the clerk's office, you can have your registration post marked with the date and still be eligible to vote.

Gleason is also warning those who signed up at local registration drives.

"The trouble is a lot of those voter registration drives do not turn in their papers to the municipal clerk," says Gleason. "These voters show up with good intentions saying I know I registered, but they didn’t complete the process. Those volunteers did not complete the process by submitting the registration to the local clerk."

If you are unsure if you are registered to vote, it is best to call your local clerks office and confirm your registration.

"It is our voice as a people of this country to say who we want representing us," says Holland. "If we don’t go out there and put our opinion out there of who we want to see in office we can’t really complain about who gets in."


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