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Tens of thousands expected to register to vote on 'National Voter Registration Day'

Posted at 8:11 PM, Sep 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-27 21:06:10-04

Tuesday is National Voter Registration Day, and volunteers across the country worked to get people ready for Election Day on November 8.

Luletha Cheatham is one of those volunteers. She worked at the Mandel Public Library in West Palm Beach to register voters on Tuesday.

"This is a critical election, all voices count and each vote counts," Cheatham said.

Cheatham set up a non-partisan group to help people get registered. She hoped their efforts would also get voters interested in the political process.

"I am disappointed in how many people are uninterested in voting," Cheatham said.

She did help Ceil Smith get registered.

Smith has been out of the country for several years and wanted to make sure she's ready for Election Day.

"I'm a U.S. citizen, and it's part of my duty," she said.

She added that there's no excuse to not be registered, since it only took a few minutes for her to do.

"Get up off your honeybuns and do it," she said.

According to the Supervisor of Elections office, people have until October 11 to get registered to vote in the upcoming election.

Susan Bucher, Supervisor of Elections, said she expects many people to come to her office within the next two weeks to register.

"We're seeing  a steady clip of business now and we do anticipate it to get much busier. I think this is going to be an historic election turnout here in Palm Beach County and we're working hard to provide ease and access to your ballot," Bucher said.

Residents can register to vote online or in person.

Early voting will then begin on October 24 and will last for two weeks.

 

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