League of Women Voters set to register voters

September 24, 2018

In celebration of National Voter Registration Day, the League of Women Voters of Skagit County will help residents get ready to participate in the November election.

League members will be staffing tables at libraries throughout the county and at Goodwill in Mount Vernon on Monday and Tuesday, said spokeswoman Wende Sanderson.

Residents can get help completing voter registration paperwork ahead of the deadlines to vote in the Nov. 6 election, she said.

The deadlines are Oct. 8 for Washington voters who need to update their information, and Oct. 29 for new Washington voters.

National Voter Registration Day, founded in 2012, is a national day of coordinated outreach to help people register or update their voting status. The official day is Tuesday.

Sanderson said she feels people nationwide have become disenchanted with participating in elections and believes her organization can play a role in countering that.

“People need to express their concerns,” she said. “If people stop participating, we’re sunk.”

She said the League of Women Voters of Skagit County has been helping the Anacortes Public Library register voters for about three years, but this year decided it was time to expand its efforts.

Dan Graham, center manager for the local Goodwill’s Job Training & Education Center, said he’s glad to host the League of Women Voters because it aligns with his goal of helping people advocate for themselves.

“We specialize in helping people overcome multiple barriers to employment, and to general well-being,” he said.

Voting gives people more power over their lives by allowing them to support representatives who believe in the same things they do, he said.

“It’s incumbent on the people to pay attention to who is representing them,” he said.

In addition to hosting the League of Women Voters on Monday, Graham said a representative of the county Auditor’s Office will be registering people Tuesday.

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