Tuesday marks National Voter Registration Day

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COLUMBIA - In a little more than one month, Missouri voters can participate in the 2014 General Election.

To signify the importance of voting, Sept. 23, 2014 was National Voter Registration Day. The goal of the day is to raise awareness of voter registration deadlines.

Organizations like The League of Women Voters (LWV) informs people about voting.

Marilyn McLeod, co-president for LWV Columbia-Boone County, said the organization visited some local college campuses recently to host voter registration drives. She said she was surprised to hear how many students said they were not interested in registering, but she said she was pleased with the amount that did.

McLeod said it is important to start voting sooner rather than later.

"Once you get in the habit then you start to notice, oh wait, there's an election coming up," McLeod said. "A lot of people think of only presidential elections, but there's elections that are local every two years."

In the 2012 General Election, which was also a presidential election, Missouri's voter turnout was 65.95 percent. At the last primary election in August, Missouri's voter turnout was 24.58 percent.

General elections normally have a higher voter turn out than primary elections, especially ones in which people are voting for president.

The last day to register to vote, to be able to vote in November's general election is Oct. 4. You must be 18-years-old by Nov. 4.

Some things Missouri voters can weigh-in on include:

  • Amendment 3, which, if passed, would implement teacher performance evaluations 
  • Amendment 6, which, if passed, would establish a six-day long early voting period starting in 2016
  • Amendment 10, which, if passed, would prohibit the governor from estimating available state revenues when making budget recommendations to legislators about proposed legislation
  • Open seat for a representative for Boone County

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