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National Voter Registration Day creates local push to get voters to the polls

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Updated: 9/24/2013 7:53 pm
ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- Volunteers hit the streets in St. Johns County on Tuesday to make sure no voter is left out for next year's midterm elections.

Sept. 24 is considered National Voter Registration Day.

Student volunteers from Flagler College Dawson Roebig and Angel Reyes took time in between classes to spread the word.

"This is one of the most critical parts of our democracy," said Roebig.

It's a push being felt throughout St. Johns County and nationwide after millions of Americans failed to get to the polls in 2012.

Voter registration tables were also set up in St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra and Hastings. Duval County also held voter registration drives.

So far this year, about 5,000 new voters have registered in St. Johns County compared to more than 10,000 all of last year, that doesn't include voters who were registered in other counties before moving to St. Johns.

According to St. Johns County Supervisor of Elections Vicky Oakes, while non-election years tend to see less new voters, the goal this year is to make everyone knows it's not too early to make your voices heard.

"We're trying to raise awareness and get people interested and register to vote for the 2014 elections," said Oakes.

Next year's midterm elections are already stacking up to be a full slate of local and national races.

"Beginning with congressional offices that are up for elections, the governor, cabinet, state senators, representatives and our county commissioners and our school board members," said Oakes.

Roebig believes voting is not only a right, it's a duty.

"Every single vote counts and all of us together, we can make a difference," said Roebig.

In order to register to vote, you need to be a U.S. citizen, Florida resident and at least 18 years old. You can either pick up an application at your local supervisor of elections office or mail it in.

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RetiredJSO - 9/25/2013 7:54 AM
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The Democratic Mantra== Vote Early==Vote Often
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