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Sen. John Proos: Voting registration deadline Oct. 9

Published 10:16pm Wednesday, September 19, 2012

I want to encourage all southwest Michigan residents to exercise their constitutional right to vote, which starts with ensuring you’re registered.

Our country was founded on the revolutionary idea that our rights don’t come from our government; our creator endows them upon us. This freedom to choose our leaders makes us the beacon of liberty in the world.

People in countries worldwide have fought and continue to fight for what many of us take for granted: the right to vote.

While voter turnout nationwide remains lower than it should be, I am proud that in Michigan’s great southwest we have an engaged population that turns out to vote.

I would also urge you to learn as much as you can about the candidates and the issues. An informed voter is a responsible voter. While our state and nation continue to face complex problems, we need effective leaders who are willing to take on these problems and fix them.

To vote in the November election, Michigan residents must be registered one month beforehand. This year, that means you need to be registered by Oct. 9.

If you are not registered to vote or if you do not know if you’re registered, visit the Michigan Voter Information Center at www.michigan.gov/vote.

The site enables you to check your voter registration status and learn how to register. It also includes links to useful information like how you can vote absentee

If you are not currently registered to vote, you can pick up a form from your local clerk, a secretary of state branch or find it online at www.michigan.gov/sos.

Berrien County residents can mail these forms to the Berrien County Courthouse, 811 Port St., St. Joseph, MI 49085. Send them “Attention: Elections.”

Elections are a vital component to our democratic republic. By voting, you help make our state and nation stronger and keep your leaders accountable.

Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, represents the 21st District, which includes Berrien and Cass counties and most of Van Buren County.  

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