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Editorial: Don’t miss out on May primary ... register to vote

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The deadline to register to vote or amend your voter registration is Monday. Primary Election Day, May 6, is quickly approaching, as well.

We encourage you to participate in the electoral process this spring and become engaged in our community.

Registering to vote or making certain your voter registration is correct — perhaps you’ve moved since the last time you voted — is certainly a good place to start.

Hoosiers can register to vote at their county voter registration office or any branch of the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles. In Johnson County, the voter registration office is at the county clerk’s office in the lower level of the Johnson County Courthouse in downtown Franklin. License branches are at 220 N. Pleasant St. in Edinburgh, 1053 W. Jefferson St. in Franklin and 349 S. Washington St. in Greenwood.

Hoosiers also can register to vote and check their voter registration online through the Indiana Secretary of State’s website at indianavoters.in.gov. That site also will give you a personalized list of offices up for election.

If you haven’t voted in either of the past two presidential elections, it is vital to check your registration status. It is possible your name has been purged from voter rolls, and you will need to re-register. And if you have moved, you definitely need to update your information because the ballot you receive is based on your address.

Why should you be concerned about voting this spring? There are lots of reasons, from the courthouse and from the Statehouse to the halls of Congress. Many offices at local, state and national levels are up for election this year.

Hoosiers will be nominating — perhaps renominating — opposed candidates for auditor and recorder at the county level. There are also some contested primary seats for township offices as well as the 9th District seat in Congress. Of particular interest will be the Republican nomination for the county’s newest court, Superior Court 4.

Something for which voters won’t be casting ballots this spring are school board elections. That’s because all school elections have been switched to the general election in the fall.

By the way, early voting in Johnson County will start next week. The election board has scheduled several early-voting locations and times to encourage people to cast ballots. These early times include one day each at the county’s major retirement centers to make it easier for those residents to vote.

There are many reasons to make certain you are registered to vote for the May 6 election. Don’t let the deadline to register slip past.

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