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Voter official: Young people are registering

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By Jenny Hartley

The high interest in November's presidential race may be inspiring more people to register to vote in Lancaster County.

Lancaster County election official Cassie Stump said 663 people have registered to vote since Aug. 18.That brings the total of registered voters in the county to 42,625.

A flurry of new registrants came into the county Voter Registration office after both the Democratic and Republican parties' national conventions.

Stump's office has seen a lot of young people, ages 18 and 19, registering for the first time.

"They're a difficult group to register, and I hope they vote," Stump said.

The last day to register to vote is Oct. 4, a Saturday.

The Voter Registration office at the County Administration Office, 101 N. Main St., will be open from 9 a.m. to noon that day.

Election Day is Nov. 4.

To register, you must come by the office and show your driver's license or identification card with your up-to-date Lancaster County address on it, or a utility bill from where you live, and a Social Security card, Stump said.

Those who have already registered to vote in the county, but have had a name or address change recently, also need to update their information with the Voter Registration office by Oct. 4.

There will be 44 different ballots for voters across Lancaster County, Stump said.

She said city residents may want to come to her office and take a look at their ballots, which list the presidential candidates, U.S. Senate and local county races, such as coroner and auditor, followed by three constitutional amendments. The amendments are followed by the City Council races. Stump said she hopes city voters won't cast their ballots after the amendments, which often are listed at the end of the ballot.

"I'm just afraid they're going to overlook the city races," Stump said.

For details about registering or the ballots, call the Voter Registration office at 285-2969.

Contact senior reporter Jenny Hartley at jhartley@thelancasternews.com (803) 283-1151