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Get Out and (Register to) Vote! Tuesday is Voter Registration in Utah

Maryann Martindale is with the Alliance for a Better Utah. She says it's a challenge in any state where one political party has dominated the action for so long that no one is convinced their vote is needed. But she tells people a vote still plays an important role, even if their candidate isn't the one who prevails.

"You're still sending a message to the one who does -- that 'you know there's x number of people in your district that aren't happy with what it is you're doing, or what your platform is. And if you want to continue to represent them, it would probably be a good idea to start broadening that view and understanding what it is your constituents are after.'"

Utah's ethnic population now represents about 1 in 5 residents and the state's Multicultural Affairs Office wants to be sure those voices are heard on Election Day. Its office in Salt Lake City will be open from 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday for drop-in registration. Director Claudia Nakano says they'll ask to see identification and confirm that basic requirements are met:

"Individuals must be at least 18 years old on or before November 6, 2012. They must be a citizen of the United States and must be a resident of Utah for at least 30 days before November 6 of this year."

The Voter Registration Day event is for any new Utah voter or for those who need to update their registration information.

Click here for information on how to register to vote in Utah online or in person.

At 14-years-old, Kerry began working as a reporter for KVEL “The Hot One” in Vernal, Utah. Her radio news interests led her to Logan where she became news director for KBLQ while attending Utah State University. She graduated USU with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and spent the next few years working for Utah Public Radio. Leaving UPR in 1993 she spent the next 14 years as the full time mother of four boys before returning in 2007. Kerry and her husband Boyd reside in Nibley.