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Voter Registration Deadline Quickly Approaching

With just over a month before Election Day, politicians aren't the only ones gearing up for the big event. But in order for people across South Mississippi to cast a ballot, they must register with their local clerk, and those days are running out.

"I'm dropping off my wife's voter registration information," Pascagoula resident and registered voter James Treadway said.

There's only a few days left for potential voters to register to vote. That's why Treadway is making sure his wife is eligible for this year's election.  

And while he chose to drop into the Civic Center at the Jackson County Fairgrounds, Circuit Clerk Joe Martin says voters have a few other options.

"It's so easy, it's unbelievable. You can vote by mail, you can vote by going to the city halls, you can come here," Martin said.

Voters who register at an office simply fill out one piece of paper, giving information like name, address, and telephone numbers. 

"Super easy, you saw how quick it was. You couldn't ask for anything quicker," Treadway said.

While Treadway found that it was simple to register to vote in a different precinct, Martin says that those displaced by Katrina can look forward to an easy process as well.

"For those people who have been displaced, let us know that they need an absentee ballot. Call us if they have a question. They can still come back and vote in their precinct if they're here locally. If they're out of town, we'll send them an absentee ballot," Martin said.

While there are many options, time is running out. So workers are reminding people, the sooner the better.

"As long as it's postmarked by Friday," one worker told a caller.  

So now Treadway and his wife can be sure they're ready to cast a ballot on November 7th.

"This is a crucial election in a lot of ways. Economy, the war, the war on terror. It's very important that everyone vote," Treadway said.            

In Jackson County, voters have a variety of places they can seek more information about registering to vote. City Halls in Moss Point, Pascagoula, Gautier, and Ocean Springs handle registration, in addition to Department of Public Safety offices, libraries, and the Circuit Clerk's office at the Jackson County Fairgrounds.

By Keli Rabon

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