Voter registration deadline motivates people to register at elections office
People in Bibb County walked into the Macon-Bibb County Elections office on Monday to register to vote in the 2012 election.
There’s only 28 days until November 6 when people will not only vote for President but for Senate and House seats as well as local offices in the county.
Coco Esser, 21, sat down with her mom at the elections office as she filled out her registration form for the first time.
“I didn't get to participate in the election in 2008 because I wasn't 18 yet," Esser said.
Esser's mom, Priscilla, drove her down to the Macon-Bibb Elections Office so she's ready to vote on Election Day.
“It's just like a small step in her growing up, having her voice heard and really kind of taking a stand for what she believes in," she said.
Esser is one of more than 1700 people who have registered at the Macon-Bibb County Elections Office in the past month and the numbers are growing.
"We ran out of registration cards, blank ones to hand out and had to start borrowing them from other counties," Elections Supervisor, Elaine Carr said.
In the 2008 election, almost 10 thousand people registered to vote in Bibb County. There were 86,225 people registered to vote in the last election, but only 71 percent came out to vote. Now, there's 86, 225 people registered as of October 1 and elections staff said they hope to see a 77 percent turnout.
"It's one thing to register but you need to go vote so it's just important to turnout on November the 6."
However, registering to vote for the election doesn't mean just voting for President.
"You're electing your sheriff, your county commissioner a new probate judge,” Carr said. “Choosing your local government is going to affect you day by day is just as important as choosing the president."
While the office doesn't have statistics on the age of newly registered voters, Carr said they're seeing more youthful participation.
"The young people are more and more interested in voting, it has become very real for them," she said.
Registering to vote ends on Tuesday. People can register to vote at county elections offices, libraries, or print out a registration form the elections website and mail it into the Secretary of State’s office with a postmark of Tuesday’s date. Early voting starts next Monday and people can pick up a sample ballot at the elections office, libraries or at any Kroger.