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M-P students pushing voter registration

Initiative to start March 17

By Dean Shipley dshipley@civitasmedia.com

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Madison-Plains government students are taking the initiative to register voters in the school district.


Their first goal is to register any senior student who will be 18 by Nov. 4, then others of voting age, who have yet to register.


The drive will begin Monday, March 17 and run through Tuesday, March 26.


Joey Abbott, spokesperson for the class said their registration table will be open during lunch and study hall periods from 11:17 a.m. to 1:24 p.m. She and her committee have obtained registration forms from the Madison County Board of Elections.


They designated that two-hour time slot because students will have free time and won’t have to cut class to sign up.


“We’re trying to get people who are not registered to vote to register and increase the number of voters,” Abbott said.


The reason for their push to register age-eligible students is to encourage them to take a step closer to adulthood and independence.


“It shows they’re growing up; a stage of being out on your own,” Abbott said. “And to vote for what you believe in.”


Government students will circulate through the community to post fliers, which say “Register to Vote” in the communities of the school district to put the message “in the face” of residents.


The “register to vote” message has also been posted on the district’s electronic sign facing state Route 38.


Abbott said a link on the district’s website should be up by the 17th.


Dean Shipley can be reached at (740) 852-1616, ext. 17 or via Twitter @DeanAShipley.

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