Young people voice their opinion about getting out to vote
JEFFERSON CITY —
The deadline to register to vote in Missouri is Wednesday for those wanting to vote in the November 6 election.
The Cole County Clerk's Office had a few last minute registers on Wednesday afternoon. Cole County Clerk Steve Korsmeyer said that people have been scurrying in over the last few days to get registered.
"Our voter registration has increased and our absentee has been really well also," he said.
Korsmeyer said the ballot is the longest ballot Cole County has ever had. It is 17 inches long and double-sided.
He said he has seen both younger people and older people come in to register. Korsmeyer said his office came out to Lincoln University to help students get registered.
Lincoln University Student Vada Phillips said this is her first time getting to vote and she wants her voice to be heard.
"I think it's important to vote and you should vote because we do have a voice. Some people say that if you vote, it doesn't matter, but it does and you should know what's going on in the world or at least try to keep up on it," she said. Phillips said she encourages all young people to get out and vote because the issues on the ballot could affect them now or in the future.
"Look up what's going on because it could pertain to you," she said.
Olivia Niekamp planned to register to vote on Wednesday before the deadline, but she said as a millennial, it's important to get out and vote.
"Growing up and being an adult, it's something you have to take on," she said. Niekamp said that the younger generation is always doubted when it comes to voting and she wants to prove people wrong.
"I think we can do it," she said.
During the August Primary Election, Korsmeyer predicted a 35 percent voter turnout and it ended up being slightly higher. For the November election, he said the turnout should be more than 50 percent after examining the registration increase over the past few days.
Residents must submit a completed voter registration application to local election authorities by 5 p.m. on Oct. 10. The applications may be submitted in person or by mail. Registration also may be done online through the Missouri Secretary of State's website by 11:59 p.m.
Other places to register include at a driver's license office when applying for or renewing a driver's license, a library, or any state agency where an applicant is obtaining a service. Applicants were required to present a form of personal identification, such as a driver's license.