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Clock Ticking Down to Saturday for Voter Registration Deadline

By Rhonda Miller | Published 06 Oct 2011 06:51pm | comments
Darla Cook, seated, assists 19-year-old Cassandra Knudsen in registering to vote at a voter registration drive at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College in Gulfport. The Nov. 8 election will be Knudsen's first time voting.

Saturday is the deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 8 election.  MPB’s Rhonda Miller reports the choices in this election make it especially important to be registered.

In addition choosing a new governor and many other state and local officials on Nov. 8, Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann says this is not just any election.

"For the first time in history, we have three Constitutional amendments - voter ID, personhood and eminent domain," Hoseman says. "So certainly, if there was ever a time for Mississippians to cast their ballots and have their voices heard, this would be it."

A student group sponsoring a voter registration drive Thursday at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College in Gulfport reminds students to study up on the three ballot initiatives.  Navy veteran and student Matthew Moore says this little corner of voter registration is busy.

"Phenomenal, we’re actually looking at a stack that’s about a half-inch thick, probably over 50 yesterday, over 80 yesterday," says Moore. "So we’re looking at over 130 voters. We’re hoping to break two."

Nineteen-year-old Cassandra Knudsen is from a military family and registering to vote in her first election.

"I think it’s kind of something everyone should participate in," Knudsen says. "Just because if you’re going to complain about the country, you might as well do something to change it, if you want to see changes. And that's what voting allows us to do."

Seeing a line at the voter registration table is encouraging for 26-year-old business major Maurice Bryant. He’s voted in many elections.

"It kind of makes you feel good to see that there are young people who do want to register to vote and get out and be a part of the process," Bryant says.

Circuit clerk’s offices in all counties will be open from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday to give residents extra time to register to vote.

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Darla Cook, seated, assists 19-year-old Cassandra Knudsen in registering to vote at a voter registration drive at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College in Gulfport. The Nov. 8 election will be Knudsen's first time voting.


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