Sumter, SC (WLTX) - There are just 42 days left before the general elections and in South Carolina, residents only have 11 more days to register to vote.
That's why citizens across the country, including several locations in Sumter, are encouraging everyone who can vote, to vote. It's called National Voter Registration Day.
Voting is quick, free, and it's a right that people have fought and died for. It's a freedom that Jeanette Roveri, president of the League of Women Voters in Sumter, is hoping everyone takes advantage of.
"It is so important to, not just our lives," said Roveri, "but the lives of our children and those who will come after us. We have to create the society that we want and we have to do that by voting that's our voice."
Although Roveri is encouraging registration every day, the league decided to host two events on National Voter Registration Day in particular.
"We decided to participate to have a wider range and do it all on one day to get the most attention to the effort."
According to the US Census, in 2008 6 million Americans said they did not vote because they didn't know how to register or they missed the voter registration deadline. South Carolina's 2012 deadline is Saturday, October 6th.
"A lot is at stake and we need to make sure that we get out and get every single person registered and make sure that they vote."
Roveri says that whether you're a democrat, a republican or something else all together, "We don't care who you vote for, just vote."
Sumter's League of Women voters will be registering citizens on Tuesday night from 6:30 - 8:30 at the Nettles Building on the USC Sumter campus.
The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization. For further information about the LWV, click here.
To contact the South Carolina Election Commission, click here.