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Group registers local youth to vote

ESCANABA — Members of the League of Women Voters (LWV) of Delta County visited Bay College Wednesday to help people get registered to vote while observing a historical milestone.

“The purpose of this event is to celebrate 100 years of LWV and 100 years of women’s right to vote,” LWV of Delta County President Sue Scheeneman said.

The LWV’s centennial anniversary will fall on Friday, Feb. 14.

Voter registration was at the heart of Wednesday’s event.

“We are attempting to register students to vote, and any (other) citizens, as well,” Scheeneman said.

Delta County Clerk Nancy Przewrocki was present at the event to help with the registration process. She said those who registered to vote Wednesday will have a chance to vote in the near future.

“They’ll be able to vote in the March presidential primary,” Przewrocki said.

In Michigan, the primary is set for March 10.

Przewrocki noted people in attendance at Wednesday’s event had an opportunity to get involved with local elections in another way, as well.

“We’re also looking for election workers,” she said.

Aside from getting Bay students and other community members ready to vote and/or serve as election workers, Scheeneman said an important function of the event was spreading the word about the importance of voting.

“I think a lot of this is just awareness,” she said, adding that some Bay students who are eligible to vote were unaware of this.

Educational materials related to the voting process were handed out as part of the event. According to Scheeneman, treats featuring the LWV’s logo were also distributed.

“We’re giving away free cookies,” she said.

After the event concluded, Przewrocki said she felt it had been a success.

“We had a good turnout — over 50 students … registered to vote, and others that received copies of the ballot or verified that they were already registered to vote,” she said.

For more information on the LWV of Delta County, visit lwvdeltacounty.org. To learn more about the LWV as a whole, visit www.lwv.org.

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