Editorial: Don’t let registration to vote pass you by

The Oct. 9 deadline to register to vote or amend your voter registration is quickly approaching, as is Election Day on Nov. 6.

We encourage you to participate in the electoral process this fall and become engaged in our community.

Registering to vote or making certain your voter registration is correct — perhaps you’ve moved since the last time you voted — is certainly a good place to start.

Hoosiers can register to vote at their county voter registration office or any branch of the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles. In Jackson County, the voter registration office is at the county clerk’s office in the Jackson County Courthouse at Brownstown. The local BMV is at 501 N. Burkart Blvd. in Seymour.

They can also register to vote and check their voter registration online through the Indiana Secretary of State’s website at indianavoters.in.gov.

Why should one be concerned about voting this fall? There are lots of reasons, from the schoolhouse to the courthouse and from the statehouse to the White House, many offices at local, state and national levels are up for election this fall.

Hoosiers will be electing — perhaps re-electing — a president. They will choose a senator to fill an open seat. They will send congressional representatives to Washington. They will choose a new governor to fill an empty seat and elect state senators and state representatives to work with — or perhaps oppose — the new governor.

Here in Jackson County, residents will also elect a number of county officeholders, including a new circuit court judge, two commissioners, council members and others.

Local voters will also elect school board members in Crothersville, Medora and Seymour. That’s a new election — or at least the timing is new — for Crothersville and Seymour. In past years, school elections in those communities were conducted in the spring, paired with party primaries. Brownstown school trustees are appointed rather than elected by the district they serve.

No, there are many reasons to make certain you are registered to vote for the Nov. 6 elections. Don’t let the deadline to register slip past.

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