Your vote counts

By Chloe Ovendale - Guest Commentary



Are you registered to vote? Voting is one of the most important things you can do as a citizen and your vote does actually matter. 

When you don't vote, you could potentially be giving the power to someone you don't agree with. 

By voting, you are voicing your opinions on matters that closely affect you and your city. Voters play a crucial role in shaping our government. 

If you haven't registered to vote, come down to the Highline Student Union on Oct. 9 to register at our Voter Registration Drive. It will be held in front of the bookstore from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. 

To be able to vote, you need to meet a few prior requirements, such as:

1. You must be 18 years or older by election day 

2. You must be a citizen of the United States and have a valid ID 

3. You must be a resident of Washington 

4. You cannot be under the Department of Corrections supervision for a Washington felony conviction. 

There are several ways to register to vote, you can visit in person at the Department of Licensing, online at www.myvote.wa.gov, or alternatively, you can print out a copy of the Washington State Voter Registration form or pick one up at your county election office. 

After you register, you will receive a voter's pamphlet and ballot in the mail three weeks before the election. 

What will be included on the ballot will differ depending on what county and city you live in. 

The deadline to register online is Oct. 9, so it'll be your last chance to register down at the Student Union. 

However, if you do miss out on the registration drive, you can still register in person until Oct. 30. 

This year's election includes several ballot measures as well as candidates running for various city, county, and state office positions. 

Though this election does not include the big races it is still just as important, as you will be voting on issues and candidates that have a direct impact on your community. 

A few state and local offices up for election this year include legislative, supreme court, state executives, and on the local level:  public utility districts, school district positions, mayors, and city council positions.

For further information on what you will be voting on, then come and visit the Highline Student Union from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. on Oct. 9 to register and get your voter's pamphlet!

Chloe Ovendale is a Highline student. 

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