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Many local residents sign up on National Voter Registration Day

National Voter Registration Day brought out many volunteers and election workers to encourage residents to officially take part in the upcoming election. Sign up tables and workers were set up at major government buildings, schools and transportation sites.

At the Santa Barbara library, some residents were signing up for the first time and others were updating their information.

Lupe Cordero said Latino issues were important to her. She registered and took some forms for her friends. “We have a lot of requirements and so maybe we get some change for us,” she said.

Maggie Deto was passionate about making sure those that want to vote are getting themselves registered. “I am actually out there telling people, you need to be out there this is so important that people do this. The people that sit there and say ‘I don’t want to vote’ that’s crazy. If you don’t vote, how can you be unhappy with what’s going on because you didn’t put them into office!”

One resident said her fitness trainer has a political voice at class but not at the polls. Lisa Plowman said, “he talks about politics and makes jokes about it in our classes but he says ‘but I don’t vote.’ I said, ‘Well I think you should.'”

She picked up a form and it’s going to be delivered to class.

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