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NetVote '98 Aims to Register Voters of All Ages

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RALEIGH — The general elections are just four months away. If you want to vote and haven't registered, better hurry. There's a new Internet site that can help, but it's only a first step.

Voting is a privilege, but you must be registered to participate. The new "NetVote '98" web site aims to get 100,000 new voters registered.

You fill out the online form and submit it. In a couple of weeks you should receive a printed form which you must fill out and sign.

Michelle Wyatt heads North Carolina's voter registration effort. She warns the online process is simply the first step."You would then be required to mail that to the county board of election office who would be responsible for processing it and verifying it and sending you all your voter information in the mail.""NetVote '98" is sponsored by the folks who brought us Rock The Vote a couple of years ago,MCIand the AARP. This year it's call "Rock the Ages". "NetVote '98" is not only going after young voters. Wyatt says they're going after older folks as well with the help of the AARP."Online registration certainly provides that option to them, they're not having to go out and obtain the forms through some other process."You'll find voter information about every state with primary dates. "Net Vote '98" even lets you e-mail friends to let them know you've registered and remind them to vote on November 3rd.

"Rock The Vote" in 1996 used an "800" number to get folks registered. The organization says 50,000 voters registered. North Carolina has about a million and a half eligible, unregistered voters.

North Carolinians must be registered by October 9th to be eligible to vote in the November general election.


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