Letter: It’s your duty to vote, so prepare yourself

To the editor:

With the Nov. 8 general election almost here, the League of Women Voters wants to remind Brown Countians that eligible citizens have a duty to vote. If you want to protect your rights, you must meet your responsibilities.

Fulfilling your duty means you need to do a couple of key things.

First, if you are a U.S. citizen who will be 18 years of age or older by Nov. 8, please be sure you are registered before Oct. 11. Just go online to indianavoters.in.gov to check your voter registration. If you are not registered, follow the links to register online, or you can go to in person to register in the county clerk’s office in the Brown County Courthouse or the Department of Motor Vehicles. You must take government-issued personal identification. Call the clerk’s office for more information at 812-988-5510.

Second, be informed. Read up on the candidates in The Democrat, other newspapers and online, watch televised debates, and please come meet many of the local and state candidates.

The League of Women Voters of Brown County, partnering with the Farm Bureau, will host a series of forums in the County Office Building, 201 Locust Lane. The candidate forum schedule is:

Tuesday, Oct. 11:

•7 p.m., Brown County Recorder candidates

•7:30 p.m., Brown County Commissioner candidates

•8:15 p.m., Brown County Council candidates

Thursday, Oct. 13

•7 p.m. State House Dist. 65 candidates

•8 p.m. State Senate Dist. 44 candidates

Tuesday, Oct. 18

•7 p.m. Brown County school board candidates

Thursday, Oct. 20

•7 p.m. U.S. Congressional candidates

LWVBC invites you to attend the forums to get to know the candidates, to get an idea of what they think is important for Brown County and for Indiana. You will also be able to submit your questions to ask about issues that matter to you.

We hope to see you there. If you have questions, see the League of Women Voters website, lwvbrowncounty.org.

In the most recent election in 2014, Indiana came in dead last in voter turnout among the 50 states, with less than 28 percent. I know we in Brown County can do a lot better than that. Your vote matters — and the lack of it matters, too.

Sincerely,

Julie B. Winn, president, League of Women Voters of Brown County

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