Clerks Report Increase in Voter Registration

The deadline for Mississippians to register to vote in the November elections in Mississippi ended Friday in many locations. Others will have Saturday registration until 12 noon. The deadline in Alabama is Oct. 24.

Some Mississippi circuit clerks have reported an upswing in registrations in 2008.

18-year-old Quenton Creer, who filled out his paperwork Friday, is one of hundreds of newly registered, first-time voters in Lauderdale County.

Since March, election officials say there's been a major increase in people registering.

"Just guessing, we've probably had anywhere between 1,500 and 2,000 new registrations. So, that's been real good," said Lauderdale County circuit clerk Donna Jill Johnson.

Lauderdale County is not alone; other counties in the area have also reported increases.

"Since July, we've registered more than 750 people," said Scott County circuit clerk, Joe Rigby.

"This is the first time I've registered to vote, and I'm 68," said Mary Boykin of Scott County. "I think it's about time!"

"I should've been registered to vote. I've been a resident here 17 years and I should've (already) done it," said Lauderdale County resident Joyce Humphrey.

People who need to register to vote are people who have never voted. This includes people who will turn 18 prior to the election. Also, anyone whose current address does not match the address on his or her voter registration card. State election officials advise anyone who has not voted recently to check with their local circuit clerk's office to see if they need to re-register to vote.

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