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Registeration information before elections

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Primary elections are over and soon the general campaigns will start in earnest. Even though many of us tire of the campaign ads, voting is your right. Not only is it your right, voting is one of your most important obligations as United States citizens.

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Your vote is your voice. Voting is a way of communicating to elected officials how you feel about education, public safety, Social Security, health care and other issues.

To vote you must be: 18 years old, a citizen of the United States, a resident of Minnesota for 20 days immediately preceding Election Day and registered to vote.

Your voter registration needs to be updated if you have moved since the last election or have not voted in the last couple of elections. In Minnesota you can register on Election Day, but it is easy to register ahead of time, too.

League of Women Voters Park Rapids, a non-partisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government. One of the most visible ways to help celebrate our democracy is to help people register to vote. Over the next month, LWV Park Rapids will be hosting Voter Registration at residential and public sites around town.

Events at public sites will be as follows:

Aug. 25: Park Rapids Area Library from 4 to 6:30 p.m.

Aug. 28: Century School Open House from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

Sept. 11: Park Rapids Area Library from 10 a.m. to noon.

Sept. 23: Park Rapids Area High School commons during lunch time.

Also look for signs in the following apartment buildings as to when LWV Park Rapids will be setting up registration tables: Heritage Manor, Court Apartments, SummerField Place, Park Villa and River Heights.

For more information on the voting process and how to register, check out the LWV Minnesota page on voting: http://www.lwvmn.org/voterregi stration.

A voter can also register at the County Auditor’s Office at the local courthouse or online at the Secretary of State Office web page: Minnesota Votes http://www.sos.state.mn.us/index.aspx?page=134.

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