Register now to rock the vote!

LANSING—Sen. John Proos on Thursday reminded Southwest Michigan residents that the deadline to register to vote for the November general election is quickly approaching.

“In America, the constitutional right to vote is protected and cherished, and this freedom to choose or reject our leaders is part of what makes us the beacon of liberty in the world,” said Proos, R-St. Joseph. “Unfortunately, many of us take this for granted. I encourage all citizens to exercise their right to vote this year, which begins with ensuring you are registered. To vote in the November election, you must be registered one month beforehand. This year, that means you need to be registered by Monday, October 6.”

If you do not know if you’re registered to vote, visit the Michigan Voter Information Center at: www.michigan.gov/vote. The site enables you to check your voter registration status and learn how to register. It also includes links to useful information like how you can vote absentee.

Residents who are not registered to vote can pick up a form from their local clerk, a secretary of state branch or find it online at: www.michigan.gov/sos. Click on “Elections in Michigan.”

For more information, residents in Berrien County may also contact the county clerk’s office at 269-983-7111 ext. 8264 or by email at: elections@berriencounty.org. Van Buren County residents may contact the county clerk’s office at 269-657-8218 ext. 6 or via email at: clerk@vbco.org. Voters in Cass County should call 269-445-4464.

“Every vote matters and sometimes a single vote can make all the difference,” Proos said. “While voter turnout nationwide remains lower than it should be, I am proud that in Michigan’s Great Southwest we have an engaged population that understands the vital role they play in our democratic republic by turning out to vote.”

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Editor’s Note: Audio comments by Proos are available on the senator’s website at www.SenatorJohnProos.com. Click on “Audio” under the Media Center tab.