“Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.”

— John Quincy Adams, sixth U.S. president

Madison County residents who have not voted in the past two federal elections, moved since they voted last or have simply never registered will now have several chances before the November election.

The Jemima Boone Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) is conducting several voter registration drives at various spots throughout the county during the remainder of this month and August.

The group already has registered 16 voters, said DAR member Freida Shoemaker.

“We do what we can to spread patriotism,” Shoemaker said. “Some people, especially in outlying areas, have trouble getting (to the courthouse) to register. We went down to Walmart and had quite a few people register who have never voted before. There was a little lady to be about 60 said ‘I’ve never voted before but need to know how to register.’ For some reason, she decided she wanted to vote this year.”

Upcoming voter registration dates are scheduled for Saturday at the Waco Volunteer Fire Station from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Aug. 4 at the Kirksville Volunteer Fire Station from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Aug. 11 at Little Sack Grocery, 3325 Colonel Road, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Aug. 18 at the Union City Volunteer Fire Station from 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

“Let your voice be heard,” Shoemaker said. “You can’t complain if you don’t take part.”

Those with questions can call Shoemaker at 626-3138, Kate Bartok at 353-5911 or Susie Durr at 623-8064 for more information.

Voter registration also can be done at the Madison County Courthouse, and more information can be found at clerk.madisoncountyky.us.

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