Register to vote

HANCOCK – The members of the League of Women Voters of the Copper Country are working to get as many eligible people as possible registered to vote in the Nov. 4 general election.

Kathy Flagstadt, LWV CC voter services chairwoman, said the local group is taking part in the National Voter Registration Day on Sept. 23 in Baraga and Houghton counties.

Flagstadt said Voter Registration Day was created to focus the attention of people eligible to vote on the importance of doing so.

“The last day to register to vote (for the Nov. 4 general election) is Oct. 6,” she said.

This is the second year for National Voter Registration Day, Flagstadt said.

The LWV CC will have people at the Michigan Department of Human Services offices in the Copper Country Mall north of Houghton and at the DHS Baraga County office on Main Street in Baraga.

Flagstadt said the DHS was chosen as a voter registration site because employees of the agency ask on their application for services if the applicant is registered to vote, and if not if he or she would like to be registered.

“They, also, have a strong desire to get as many people as possible to vote,” she said. “There’s no pressure.”

Flagstadt said LWV CC have also worked recently to register those eligible to vote at Finlandia University and Michigan Technological University.

“We always have voter information at every event we do,” she said.

Those interested in registering to vote at the two DHS offices Tuesday should bring a driver’s license Michigan identification card, Flagstadt said.

“We help them to fill out the application and direct them to take it to the secretary of state office,” she said.

The completed voter registration forms can be taken, also, to any local clerk’s office or county clerk’s office.

According to the Michigan Secretary of State website, Flagstadt said the number of state residents eligible to vote are not registering.

“It’s not that high in Houghton and Baraga counties,” she said. “For the general public, I think it’s just voter apathy.”