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State leaders remind everyone to register to vote

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By Ashley Conroy

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Mid-term elections are about six weeks away, and to help boost the voting population, Republican leaders are calling on Mississippians to register.

The Mississippi Federation for Republican Women held a press conference in Jackson at the state's Republican headquarters on Tuesday.

They are heading a statewide campaign to target young voters turning 18 before November 2nd, and speaking with homeowner's associations around the state.

"Our goal is to register at least 20,000 more voters this year, than we had last year," said president Rita Wray.

Lieutenant Governor Phil Bryant also spoke at the press conference, where he also emphasized the need for the young voting population to register.

"I meet with a lot of students at community colleges and universities that this will be their first election, so everyone that's over the age of 18 has the opportunity to go and be involved in that process," said Bryant.

To get the young population to vote, the Social Science Club at Holmes Community College in Ridgeland is hosting a voter drive for students on September 27th and 28th.

"We are the greatest example of a democracy in the world and we have one of the lowest voter turnouts," said Kay Jenkins, who is organizing the drive.

Freshman Asia Williamson says this will be her first time to vote. She hasn't registered yet, but plans to do so at the drive.

"Without registering to vote and going out to vote, our comments cannot be heard," Williamson said.

To make the registration process easier, state officials, such as the Lt. Governor and Secretary of State have posted the voter registration application online.

Meantime, seasoned voters say they don't think this congressional election will have a major turnout.

"No, I don't, not as many as should. Like you said, a lot of people put the hype on the presidential elections, the major elections," said Holmes CC student Jackie Stiff.

Student John Traweek agreed. "I think we had 30 percent the last time, that's probably what it will be."

Mississippians will have until Friday October 1st to mail in their voter registration application.

The Lt. Governor's office says some local election offices will also be open on Saturday October 2nd for people to register.

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