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Election Division > IED Staff > News > 2004 Press Releases > For Immediate Release: September 14, 2004 Secretary of State Rokita Urges Hoosiers to Register and Vote

Contact: Kate Shepherd
317-233-8655
Media@sos.in.gov

Indianapolis, IN - Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita, Indiana's chief election official, is urging Hoosiers to observe National Voter Registration Week by taking the time to register to cast their ballots. The deadline to register for the November 2 General Election is just around the corner. Citizens must be registered by October 4 to vote in this important election where they will choose a Governor and a Senator and help elect a President.

Registering to vote is easy. Hoosiers can visit their county circuit court clerk's office. They can also get the forms at the BMV and many other government offices.

"There is no excuse for not registering to vote," Rokita said. "You literally do not even have to leave your home. You can log on to my website, http://www.sos.in.gov/, to find the necessary form. Simply print the form, fill it out and drop it in the mail," Rokita said.

Census figures show that only 60% of Americans who were eligible to vote during the 2000 presidential election actually cast ballots. Rokita is committed to increasing voter participation this year and encourages all Hoosiers to register and then actually go to the polls. Studies continually show that young adults ages 18-24 are the least likely to vote.

"I think it is particularly important to get young people interested in the political process. This is a critical election year when the top offices of the nation and state are on the ballot," Rokita said. "If there is a young person in your life that has never voted, please, make sure he registers to vote and makes it to the polls on Election Day."

National Voter Registration week is September 13 through September 19.