In an effort to get people to the polls in upcoming elections, a Bell County deputy registrar held a drive Thursday afternoon and added six to the pool of registered voters.
Kathryn Bradley said she has held election drives in Killeen since 2008, when she registered nearly 4,000 people. Bradley said she holds three or four drives every election year to encourage people to register and vote. Although the turnout for the drive was low, she remained positive.
“That’s six more than there were before,” she said. “If someone isn’t registered, then they can’t vote, and if they can’t vote then they have no voice in who is being elected. Your voice is heard at the poll.”
Robert Reid, 78, popped in the Ridge Pointe Apartment Office, where the drive was held, to register to vote after neglecting it for several years.
“I’ve always voted every year in every election since I’ve been old enough to vote, but in the last five years, I’ve moved a lot and not kept up with it,” he said. “I’m ashamed of myself because I haven’t kept my registration up. I’m really concerned about the elections coming up.”
Bradley, who also is the county’s first African-American to work an early election, continues to host the drives because it’s rewarding to get residents signed up to vote.
“I see people from the military a good bit who come to register to be a voter here, and then there are a good bit who have never registered before,” she said. “Some people will say they won’t register because their vote doesn’t count, but I tell them that’s how you have a voice.”
To register, residents need a valid driver’s license or their Social Security number. Bradley said additional drives will be held; however, dates and locations haven’t been determined yet.
The last day to register to vote in the May 10 municipal elections is April 10. The last day to register for the May 27 primary run-off is April 28.
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