September 18, 2013

League of Women Voters to have voter drives Tuesday

Submitted by the League of Women Voters of the Dalton Area

— The League of Women Voters of the Dalton Area will have two community voter registration sites on Tuesday. Members will be at Western Sizzlin Restaurant from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. A registration table will also be in the Pope Student Center on the campus of Dalton State College from 11:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.  

Nov. 5 is Election Day 2013. Millions of people will vote this year. Will you? Four Whitfield municipal elections are being held to elect mayors, city council persons and school board members. Typically the voter turnout is less than 20 percent of eligible voters, and this reflects a lack of understanding of the importance of those serving in municipal positions. “All politics is local” is a phrase residents need to remember. Decisions about school boundaries, tax levying, road names, etc., are all made by these local officials.

Many people refuse to register to vote because they are afraid of jury duty. According to Melica Kendrick, clerk of Superior Court of Whitfield County, juror lists are provided by the Clerk of Superior Court Council, a division of the Georgia Secretary of State’s office.

More than 80,000 names are on the Whitfield County list, which is taken from driver’s license lists as well as voter registrations, utility bills and other public information. In order to serve on a jury, one must be a resident of Whitfield County and a U.S. citizen.

Voter registration is always available during courthouse hours at the Board of Elections on the second floor. The last day to register to vote for the Nov. 5 election is Oct. 11.

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan organization devoted to promoting political responsibilities through informed and active participation of citizens in government. The League does not support or oppose any political party or candidate.

The League of Women Voters of the Dalton Area is proud to be a National Voter Registration Day partner. For more information about National Voter Registration Day, please contact Helen Crawford at (706) 226-0747 or Virgelia Meek at (706) 226-6774.