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March 11, 2014

Police Department site of March 18 voter registration event

— Here are five good reasons to register and vote this year:

5.) State and county officials will be spending your tax dollars;

4.) Local school board members will be making decisions affecting your children;

3.) County commissioners will be deciding which roads to improve, and you’ll want it to be yours;

2.) The county sheriff will be making decisions about crime prevention and law enforcement that affect your family’s safety;

1.) The city is hosting a free registration drive March 18 at the Athens Police Department so you can register and get a photo ID, if you need one.

Mayor Ronnie Marks made the announcement Monday during the regular City Council meeting. He said officials from the office of the Alabama Secretary of State would be here that day to hold the voter registration event. It will be held in the municipal courtroom at the Police Department at 951 E. Hobbs St. Hours will be announced.

“It is part of a statewide effort to try to get people to register to vote,” Marks said. “Computers with cameras will be set up for anyone who want to register or needs a photo ID.”

Alabama voters now have to present a valid photo ID to vote in state and local elections.

To register to vote, residents need documents showing their full legal name, date of birth and address. Only those who are registered to vote in Alabama and do not already have a photo ID from any county, state or agency are eligible for the voter ID card.

The mayor thanked Police Chief Floyd Johnson for offering the Police Department for the event. The alternative was using the temporary city hall in the Athens Utilities building off Wilkinson Street.

“It’s a little out of the way,” Johnson said. “Our place is more centrally located and public friendly as well as more set up to handle multiple people at a time in a comfortable area.”

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