People react to registering to vote for the first time

TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – Voting is our patriotic duty. Friday some people here in Shawnee County registered to cast a ballot for the first time.

The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library is usually a place for people looking for books. But in the last two days, it has seen about 70 people registering to vote.

“Would you like to register to vote?” an Election official said.

And some who will be stepping up to the voting booth for the first time.

“It’s a good feeling, I wanted to make sure that I got it done today and it’s good that Kansas is letting me vote,” Donald Davis, a 50-year-old first time registrant said.

Donald Davis registered for the first time today — and he wasn’t the only one.

“I would say about 40% of them are like brand new voters,” Jay Hatfield, an election official said. “They are brand new registrants.”

Davis was one of two people KSNT News saw registering for the first time in the 2 hours, while we were at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library.

Jay Hatfield knows every vote matters.

“Their voices need to be heard just like everyone else’s,” Hatfield said.

“It’s extremely important. I can’t think of anything else more important to do today,” Davis said.

Davis will be getting the chance to press the button or to circle his favorite.

“It’s very important to me because if enough people get together and say what needs to be said significant chance could come,” Davis said.

Registered voters agreed….

“It is very important because we are given that choice and whether it is a choice we like or not we should make one,” Christian Gin, a registered voter, said.

The last day to register to vote is October 18th.

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