The Civil Rights Act of 1964 ended the unequal application of voter registration requirements and, during Monday's MLK Day celebration, Bay County elections officials encouraged citizens to exercise the right guaranteed by law.
Mark Anderson, Supervisor of Elections, helped staff a booth with voter information and registration documents. "We're promoting the fact that it doesn't matter where you come from or where you've been in your life… you can register to vote at any point in time in your life once you become eighteen years of age," Andersen said.
"It's unfortunate that some people are trying to change the voting process, but it still works," Myron Hines, chairman of the Advisory Committee for Urban Revitalization Equality (ACURE) said. "If you register to vote, you can still vote."
The supervisor's office conducts several voter registration drives throughout the year.