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Voter registration drive today

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Abby Taylor

Online Content Editor

The Pike County Board of Registrars will be holding a voter registration drive on campus today from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for students interested in registering to vote.

To register, you must be a citizen of the United States, reside in Alabama, be at least 18 years old, be mentally competent and not be barred from voting due to a disqualifying felony conviction, according to the “Alabama Voter Guide 2018” manual.

“Anybody can register that’s on campus,” said Deborah Teal, the chairwoman for the Board of Registrars. “If they’re qualified, you know, anybody can register.”

Students must have their driver licenses in order to register to vote during the voter drive.

Teal encourages students to come by the table downstairs in the Trojan Center to register to vote in upcoming elections.

“In order for individuals to have a voice, you need to vote,” Teal said.

To vote in the Republican and Democratic primary elections on June 5, the deadline to register to vote is May 21, according to the “Alabama Voter Guide 2018” manual.

If necessary, there will be a primary runoff election on July 17, and voter registration ends on July 2 for the runoff. The general election will be held on Nov. 6, and voter registration ends Oct. 22.

“The students are the future,” Teal said. “They’re the future of our country, and they need to stay in-tuned to what is going on in the world.”

Teal said students voting in upcoming elections need to look into the candidates running to see whom they would vote for.

Students who would like to register electronically can register by downloading the “Vote for Alabama” app, or they can visit sos.alabama.gov/alabama-votes.

Greek Life and the Student Government Association have paired with the Board of Registrars to help students register to vote in the past, according to Teal.

“We have found in the past that sometimes when the clubs hold it (voter drive) themselves, they get more participation,” Teal said.

Students with questions about voting registration and the voting process can visit https://sos.alabama.gov/sites/default/files/election-2018/2018VoterGuide.pdf to see the “Alabama Voter Guide 2018” manual.