If you have not yet registered to vote, you still have a few days to do so. Voter registration closes Monday in Indiana.

It’s not hard to find a place to register either. Any Bureau of Motor Vehicle branch will take your registration, or you can go to a county courthouse. Also, in Goshen both the Obama and McCain campaigns have downtown offices that are accepting voter registrations. Or you can obtain a form to register by going online to www.in.gov. Take your pick and sign up. And don’t worry about making an everlasting political commitment. In Indiana we don’t register by party affiliation.

All across Indiana voter registrations are up. It seems many Hoosiers don’t want to be left out of deciding who will be president. State voter registration officials said Monday that 70,000 Hoosiers have decided to register to vote since the primary election. That’s wonderful news. Now there are about 5 million registered voters in the state.

The large number of new registrations has to be related to the close Obama-McCain contest in Indiana. Each candidate’s organization has been out canvassing neighborhoods and manning booths at fairs and festivals. Every vote in the coming presidential election has the potential to be a deciding factor in Indiana.

Registering to vote is easy. You just need to provide a document that shows your name and address. Utility bills, bank statements, a government check, paycheck or a photo ID from the state, are all acceptable documents.

This presidential election will be one that sets precedents, no matter who wins. Either the first African-American will be president, or the oldest man ever will be elected. And don’t forget that if Republicans win we will have the first female vice president.

There are many compelling reasons to vote this year, but as in every election, the best reason is that you have that right and should exercise it.

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