Dozens register at Chelan-Manson voter registration drive

Francisco Bahena, manager of Chelan IGA registering to vote with the assistance of Lori Ressler, right, behind the table. Behana’s voter registration status lapsed because he hadn’t voted for several years. He decided it was time to get involved this year. So he chose National Voter Registration Day to get registered so he can vote.
Still time to register to vote in Nov. 6 General Election WENATCHEE - If you are note yet registered to vote, you can still do so, so you can vote in the Nov. 6 Registration is open until Oct. 29, however, you must register in person at the Chelan County Elections office: 350 Orondo Ave, Ste 306, Level 3, in Wenatchee. To contact their office: (509) 667-6808. Voters eligibility: Washington State encourages every eligible person to register to vote and participate fully in all elections. Each of us is responsible for protecting the integrity of the electoral process by providing equal access, and guarding against fraud and discrimination.To register to vote, you must be: A citizen of the United States; A legal resident of Washington State; At least 18 years old by Election Day; Not disqualified from voting due to a court order; and Not under Department of Corrections supervision for a Washington felony conviction.

CHELAN – More than three dozen signed up to vote or update their voter registration as part of National Voter Registration Day on Tuesday, Sept. 25.

Area residents and people from other counties stopped by one of four voter registration locations to get registered for the upcoming Nov. 6 midterm elections.  

“We were very encouraged by the turnout.” said Carol Cotten, volunteer and registration drive coordinator. “While we may be a small community, we saw a lot of interest and enthusiasm from those registering as well as those already registered who stopped by and commended the volunteers for providing this community service. It’s great to see so many people across the spectrum gearing up to cast their vote.”

According to volunteer Concie Luna, one voter was very pleased to happen upon her voter registration table. “He’s from Poulsbo,” according to Luna. “He’s here on a contracting job and said he tried to register online but had trouble. He wasn’t sure when he’d find time to get registered but then stopped at the store to pick up dinner and seized the opportunity.”

Francisco Bahena, manager of Chelan IGA re-registered after letting his voter registration status lapse several years ago. “I hadn’t voted in a long time.” said Bahena. “I decided this year it’s time to get involved, time to do something. So I registered to vote.”
Instructions also were handed out to those expressing a preference to register online.

“Part of our goal was to help Chelan and Manson residents understand the importance of voting in our nations’ elections while also making it easy to register.” said Cotten. “Hopefully we were successful and will see an increase in voter participation as well.”  

A registration site also was set up at Chelan High School. Manson High School will host one on Thursday, Sept 27.

National Voter Registration Day was declared in 2012 as a non-partisan, nationwide, one-day effort to register voters. Chelan and Manson are among the 3,000 partners and more than 10,000 volunteers across the country joining in civic unity to encourage Americans to register and make their voices heard at the ballot box.

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