Marion VA holds voter registration event for veterans

Marion VA to help veterans prepare before IL primary

MARION, IL (KFVS) - The Marion VA Medical Center is holding a voter registration event on Tuesday, helping veterans who have a difficult time registering to vote.

The event is from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. where the Williamson County Clerk, Amanda Barnes will be at the Marion VA to register Williamson County residents to vote or sign up for a Vote by mail.

Marion VA Voluntary Service Chief, Doug Bowers, says it's a way to make sure the men and women who served, have their vote counted.

"Some people don't have the ability, they may be in a hospital bed," Bowers said. "They may not take that opportunity when they're not in the hospital to get signed up to vote. And we want all our veterans to have that opportunity to vote in elections because every vote matters."

She will be in the Pharmacy Waiting area of the main hospital building.

People who may register to vote must be citizens of the United States, and will be 18 years old on or before November 8, 2016, which is General Election Day, and will have resided in the State of Illinois and in the precinct for 30 before the Primary Election date, March 15.

To register to vote, two forms of ID are needed, with your name and at least one with your current address (Driver's license, piece of mail, ID card, etc.)

The deadline to register to vote is Feb. 16. Primary Election is March 15.

If your latest voters Identification Card does not reflect your current name or address, you need to update your voter registration information in order to be eligible to vote in the Primary Election.

For more information, you can call Beth Lamb at 618-997-8241.

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