Voting isn’t just a right — it’s a duty, and it’s something everyone of voting age needs to do on June 1.

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, April 13, 2004

The cutoff date to register for the June primary is 5 p.m. on May 21. We encourage everyone to take the time to not only register to vote, but also exercise that right on June 1.

Registering to vote is easy, takes just a few minutes and is one the best things any one can do. People can register by visiting the Marengo County Board of Registrars’ office in the Marengo County Courthouse. If the office happens to be closed, there are numerous other ways to become involved in the voting process.

Every candidate running for election can point you toward a registration form. Most high schools make it simple for young people to register. And a visit to the probate judge’s office also offers an avenue for taking part in the election.

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No identification is required when registering, though it is required if changing your address at the board of registrars’ office. Identification also is needed when voting on June 1.

Several pieces of identification are accepted, including a driver’s, hunting, fishing and pistol licenses as well as government checks and EBT cards.

We have the ability to have our voices heard on June 1. Voting should not be seen as a burden that must be endured. It is a right we enjoy. Many countries don’t give their citizens the right to vote. We are fortunate enough to live in a nation that has leaders chosen from its people.

The only thing we have to do to choose those leaders is vote.