Don’t forget to register to vote before Oct. 18

Don't forget to register to vote before Oct. 18 "South Dakotans have a strong voting ethic and understand the importance of each person's vote," said Chris Nelson, S.D. secretary of state. "In 2002 South Dakota topped the nation in turnout of our voting age population. Let's make the 2004 general election a repeat of that outstanding turnout. In order to vote, however, you must be registered."

October 18 is the voter registration deadline. Anyone who will be 18 years of age by Nov. 2 and has never registered to vote or someone who has moved and needs to change their address should register. Voters may register at a county auditor's office, city finance office, driver's license station, Department of Human Services offices providing assistance to the disabled, military recruitment offices or public assistance agencies providing food stamps, TANF or WIC.

Forms may also be downloaded from www.sdsos.gov . Registration forms obtained from the Internet or at these offices may be mailed to your county auditor's office, but mail-in cards must be received by the county auditor by Oct. 18.

College students may register where they are attending school or in their home county. No one may register in two counties.

Anyone needing information on registering may call their local county auditor or the secretary of state's toll-free election line, 1-888-70ELECT.

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