CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Mayor Kim McMillan attended a student voter registration event at Austin Peay State University on Tuesday and thanked the sponsors for their work, which will continue at similar events planned for Friday and Saturday.
Clarksville Indivisible and student groups will conduct a voter registration drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday in the University Center..
The NAACP and TN Civic Campus, which sponsored Tuesday’s event, will conduct another voter registration drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29 in the lobby of the Castle Heights dormitories.
Mayor McMillan issued a proclamation designating Tuesday as National Voter Registration Day in Clarksville and told she is proud to be part of a national coalition of more than 200 mayors across the country organized by the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
“Voting is not a partisan issue,” Mayor McMillan said. “We believe with this bipartisan effort, mayors across the country can register and encourage millions of young people to vote and let their voices be heard. By voting, young people are creating a more representative and politically active electorate that can better address problems in our communities and our nation.”
The voter registration deadline is Oct. 9 to be eligible to vote in the Nov. 6 state general and City of Clarksville election.
“Today, as we celebrate National Voter Registration Day, let us carry forward the tradition of promoting voter registration and civic engagement, and recommit to exercising one of the most precious of our democratic rights,” Mayor McMillan’s said in the proclamation. “I hereby proclaim September 25, 2018, as National Voter Registration Day in Clarksville and ask the citizens of Clarksville to observe this day by ensuring they are registered to vote.”
To register to vote, you must:
* Be at least 18 years old on or before election day.
* Be a citizen of the United States and a resident of the state of Tennessee.
* Not have been convicted of a felony; or, if you have been convicted of a felony, you must have had your voting rights restored.
Citizens also may register to vote from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays at the Montgomery County Election Commission office, Veterans Plaza, 350 Pageant Lane, Suite 404. Registration is also available at all local post offices, the public library and the New Providence Community Policing Center.
Online registration is available at https://ovr.govote.tn.gov/.
Early voting for the Nov. 6 State General and City of Clarksville Election begins Oct. 17 and closes Nov. 1.
Mayor McMillan presented a proclamation promoting voter registration during a student registration drive at APSU on Sept. 25.
Here is the Mayor's proclamation:
City of Clarksville
National Voter Registration Day
WHEREAS, One of the most fundamental and sacred rights of any democracy is the right to vote; in order for our governments to function effectively and respond to the needs of our people, all citizens can and must play a role in shaping it.
WHEREAS, Each year on National Voter Registration Day, we reaffirm the strong sense of civic pride among our people and encourage friends, family members, and neighbors to get involved in civic life by registering to vote.
WHEREAS, Despite representing the future of our democracy, younger citizens are registered to vote and exercise their right to vote at significantly lower rates than older voters;
WHEREAS, Increased participation of younger voters will significantly impact the future of our democracy;
WHEREAS, The tragic mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglass High School in Parkland, Florida prompted a powerful national youth organizing movement, through which young people are inspiring their peers to effect change through democratic engagement;
WHEREAS, Our November 6, 2018, election will have a critical impact on our state, community and our nation and the future of all young citizens.
WHEREAS, The Tennessee State Voter Registration deadline to participate in the November 6, 2018 General Election is October 9, 2018;
WHEREAS, I have joined with the U.S. Conference of Mayors and more than 200 Mayors in cities across America, and students involved in March for Our Lives and other youth organizations to heed the call to commit to community-wide voter registration as part of National Voter Registration Day.
WHEREAS, Today, as we once again celebrate National Voter Registration Day, let us carry forward the tradition of promoting voter registration and civic engagement, and recommit to exercising one of the most precious of our democratic rights.
Now, Therefore, I, Kim McMillan, Mayor of the City of Clarksville, do hereby proclaim September 25, 2018 as National Voter Registration Day in Clarksville and ask the citizens of Clarksville to observe this day by ensuring they are registered to vote.
Sylvia Skinner, City Clerk Kim McMillan, City Mayor