Registration deadline nears for Okla. voters

By: Kylie Dixon Email
By: Kylie Dixon Email

DURANT, OK-- Linda Fahrendorf has worked for the Bryan County Elections Board for 23 years.She said exercising our right to vote is an important part of being a good citizen.

"It's important for anyone 18 year old or above. Any person, it's just, part of the nation, they are part of the nation."

Oklahoma residents have one week left, until the February 10th deadline, to update their voter registration information or register to vote for the presidential primaries.

Southeastern University Freshman, Caroline Wright, can't wait to vote.

She said she's only voted once before, but she thinks every American should have a chance to make a difference.

"Even when you move, you need to re-register. You still need to be able to vote, voting is an important part of our life," Wright explained.

Bryan County has made some moves recently. Precinct Lines were realigned, changing where some people vote.

"It's very important for everybody to update their registrations, check on their registrations. Because they could have..we don't want anyone to fall through the cracks, that's what the whole situation is. We've had so many changes, so many deletions," Fahrendorf said.

More than 7,000 Bryan County residents have had some sort of change to their polling place. Notifications are being stamped and mailed to your current voter identification address.

There will be other chances to update your voter registration after the presidential primary.

Southeastern Sophomore, Lesha Pilsher, doesn't understand why people aren't registered. She can't wait to vote in the primaries.

"I love the political aspect. Like learning what people are doing and why they are doing it. I want to find someone that is going to benefit us as college students the most," Pilsher said.

Before you head off to the polls, election officials want to remind you to bring some kind of identification with you. Either a drivers license or a voter identification card.

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