Every year, millions of people miss out on the opportunity to vote because they fail to register in time. That’s why National Voter Registration Day was established in 2012.
The annual holiday falls on the fourth Tuesday in September. This year, it fell on Tuesday, September 25.
The idea of the nationwide holiday is to raise awareness of the importance of voter registration, and to educate people on how to do it.
Volunteers and organizations all over the country and around the area are hosting events in honor of National Voter Registration Day, with groups will be helping people get registered to vote. In Fort Wayne, the League of Women Voters visited Northrop High School to encourage students to register to vote.
Although Tuesday was recognized as the special holiday, you can register on your own any day before the October 9 deadline.
There are several ways to register, update your registration, or check your registration status.
The most traditional way is to go to your county’s voter registration office and sign up in person.
Another option for people who don’t want to have to leave home, is to register online. Indiana residents can visit www.indianavoters.com to register. The website also offers information about candidates in each election and a polling place locator.
Ohio voters can register online also. Just click here to get started.
Another way Indiana voters can get registered is through the Indiana Voters app for smart phones. You can download the app on the Apple or Android app stores, then check your registration status and/or get registered to vote.
No matter how you register to vote, federal, state, and local officials urge you to do it before it’s too late.