League of Women’s Voters assists in registering new voters

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Jacob Welch

President Christine Baker of the Grand Haven League of Women’s Voters chapter presides over a debate involving the two Grand Haven city mayoral candidates.

Jacob Welch, Reporter

The Grand Haven League of Women’s Voter Chapter hosted a voter eligibility sign-up Friday, Oct. 11 to help enfranchise 18 and older high schoolers to represent themselves in the ballot box. 

“League members will assist high school students to navigate the process of registering to vote,” President Christine Baker said. “Completing the application, ensuring timely return to clerk’s office, and making it convenient while already at school.” 

The League of Women’s Voters have been active in Ottawa County since the late 1900’s, with the inception of the national branch of the League in 1920, tying in with the enfranchisement of women in the democratic process. 

The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan, political organization with a mission to encourage active and informed citizens will participate in our democracy,” Baker said. “This includes newly eligible voters, such as high school seniors.”

Although the League has had a major presence in Holland, Grand Haven has often missed certain electoral events, however that pattern is subject to change recently.