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General elections are coming up, but do you know your voter registration status?

September 19,2018 06:15

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) - Rick Ellison checks his voter registration status once a week to make sure he is ready to vote in the next election. "I personally check my phone at least once a week. I have an app from the state and make sure I am okay and ...



SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) - Rick Ellison checks his voter registration status once a week to make sure he is ready to vote in the next election.
"I personally check my phone at least once a week. I have an app from the state and make sure I am okay and ready to go," said Ellison.
He is the president of Retiree's Unite for the Future and spends most of his days encouraging young people to vote.
"We encourage the students to register to vote and we have done it at Forsyth Park, we have done it at Savannah Arts Academy, we've done it all over Savannah," said Ellison.
Just four months ago during the governor's race, he says he became aware that voter registration is regularly revised at both the state and county level.
For example, in Chatham County, if you move to a different address -- you should receive a notice in the mail. You would have 30 days to respond by either confirming the address or indicating your new one. 
"A person that never registers or never votes elects the people that they don't want elected," said Ellison. "And a person that votes and has the right to vote elects the people that they want elected."
At the state level voter rolls are revised every other year.
If you have not voted, updated your voter registration information, filed a change of name or address, signed a petition or responded to attempts to confirm your last known address for at least the past three years you may need to re-register.
"We need to educate that is what we need to do to ensure that they understand every single vote counts," said Ellison
The best way to check your voter registration status is through an app called State of Success, which is brought to you by Georgia's Office of the Secretary of State. You will need to enter your first and last name, birthday, and the county that you live in.
If you are unsure or unable to access your voter registration information you can always call the Registrar's Office.
The deadline to re-register is October 9 in Georgia and for those people in the Lowcountry -- it's October 7.
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