Make effort to register to vote

Sept. 24, 2013, is National Voter Registration Day. The League of Women Voters of Wood County joins organizations across the country in urging those not registered to exercise their right to vote and accept their responsibility as citizens to participate in elections.

More than 10,000 people over 18 in Wood County are not registered voters. Unless they register, they won’t be eligible to vote Nov. 23rd on renewal of the Board of Education excess levy or in 2014 elections. Voters who have moved or changed their name since they last voted need to update their registrations.

Registration is open until 21 days before an election and can be accomplished in several ways:

* In person at the court house;

* By mail using a form obtained at a library, post office, the DMV, or downloaded from the county clerk’s page at www.woodcountywv.com;

* Online at the Secretary of State’s website at wvsos.com.

Personnel at the voter registration office are available to answer questions at 304-424-1860.

Why shouldn’t Wood County lead the state in voter registration and election turnout? If you’re not registered, make the small effort needed to get registered this week.

Charmaine Dotson

Parkersburg

EDITOR’S NOTE: Charmaine Dotson is President of the League of Women Voters of Wood County.