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It's almost voting time
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Warren County election administrator Donna Yates holds a sign promoting voter registration and the online option of visiting

If you want to help decide our next Tennessee governor, or our next McMinnville aldermen, and are not registered to vote, Oct. 9 is the deadline.

Tuesday was National Voter Registration Day and the Warren County Election Commission signed up 27 new voters from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Motlow.

That increases the Warren County voter rolls to 20,008 active voters.

Outside of the Motlow event, Election Commission deputy Susie Davenport was expecting a busy day at the office, but her expectations were not fulfilled.

“I’ve not had a single person come in to register today,” she said Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. “Is that apathy or what?”

Davenport said the website is a convenient way for people to register.

“They can go to the website and register from the privacy of their living room in their pajamas,” said Davenport.

She noted people can complete the entire registration process online, provided they have a signature on file such as a driver license signature. She said updating your registration is required if you’ve moved.

As for the voter registration deadline of Oct. 9, Davenport says that’s by the close of business if you’re visiting the office, or by 11:59 p.m. if you’re registering online.

In keeping with the theme of getting people to vote, Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett has launched a statewide competition for voter registration at college campuses.

Hargett visited MTSU as part of the drive to increase student voter registration before the Nov. 6 midterm elections. He is scheduled to visit other campuses this month.

Three winning schools will be chosen based on the number of students registered, social media presence, and campus creativity in promoting the drive. The schools will include a four-year public college or university, a two-year community or junior college, and a private college or university.

Students can register and give their school credit by visiting