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Power at the Polls

October 1, 2012
By Ilsa Matthes - staff writer ( , Daily Press

GLADSTONE - Gladstone High School students registered to vote recently as part of National Voter Registration Day.

"I was out there registering students who would be 18 on Nov. 6 so they could vote in their first Presidential election," said Delta County Clerk Nancy Kolich. "It's pretty exciting."

According to the National Voter Registration Day website, 6 million Americans missed the registration deadline to vote in the 2008 Presidential election. The deadline falls 30 days before election day every year.

Article Photos

Delta County Clerk Nancy Kolich, at left,
checks out a voter registration form completed by Gladstone High School student, Lucas Lacosse (standing). Other students working on their forms are John Hammar (seated at left) and
Aaron Parmet. (Courtesy photo)

"I do this every year with Gladstone High School," said Kolich, who added that in odd-numbered years when federal elections are not taking place, there are still city and school elections.

Around 30 students registered to vote Tuesday and more plan to register. "There were others that didn't have their driver's license with them," said Kolich. "They will fill it out and return it to their teachers."

Tuesday's visit to Gladstone High School is just one of a series of events aimed at encouraging young people to vote. "I was out at Bay College the week before getting students registered," said Kolich who registered students on Constitution Day, Sept. 17.

This year's registration deadline is Oct. 9. Those who have not yet registered to vote can download a copy of the voter registration form from Residents should take their completed forms to their city or township clerk, county clerk, or the Secretary of State's office.

Also available on the Delta County website are the 24 ballots that Delta County residents will use on Nov. 6. "There's 6-8 proposals on each ballot so people may want to view that ahead of time," said Kolich.



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