The deadline to register to vote in the November election is October 4th – just weeks away, and the drive to register voters is underway.
Michigan Department of Human Services offices across the state have a special drive to get out the vote in Michigan. Locally, the N.A.A.C.P., the city of Detroit, and the League of Women Voters are also taking part in the campaign.
The offices are accepting voter registration forms, but Director Ishmael Ahmed said he knows it does not mean those who sign up will go to the polls.
One of major reason that people do not vote is because they think their vote will not make a difference, but Ahmed had a different outlook to share.
“One of the things I tell them is that when they voted for the official language of the United States it was between German and English, and English won by a single vote,” he explained.
The registration drive also aims to make people aware of the tangible impact elections can have on their lives. Ahmed explains they tell prospective voters “that the decisions about their life, the safety net, and other important decisions are going to affect them.”
Ahmed hopes that these tactics can convince as many people as possible to get involved in the political process, and cast a vote this November 2nd.
If you still need to register, or know someone who does, the Department of Human Services offers this online tool.
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