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In Ann Arbor, voter registration is a highly political issue. The Republicans who currently hold a majority on City Council have tried to make voter registration for students and young people as I difficult as possible. They are fully aware ■ that if these groups turned out in force at the polls, their power would be ended. In the past, voter registration could be done in the regular U-M registration lines at Waterman Gym, or before elections, 1 was conducted door-to-door. Now, however, it is necessary for those who wish to register to make the trek down to the City Clerk's office, second floor, City Hall (at the corner of Huron and Fifth Ave.), at I least at present- see article in local news I section. And of course, the clerk's office I is only 6pen during regular business hours on weekdays. The requirements to register are fairly simple. You must be eighteen (if yau'll I be eigliteen by the time of the November elections, you can proba bty register now anyway). You must be a citizen of the U.S. And finally, you must be living in Ann Arbor on the day you register (or 30 days before the next general election, which is the one in November). Ifyou have just moved to Ann Arbor this fall, you can stiil register to vote in Ann Arbor E immediately. If you are already registered E elsewhere, your registration will automatically be changed once you sign up here. It's important that you register to vote in Ann Arbor, even if you spend your summers at home or touring the country. The laws of this city affect you, whether E you live in a dorm or in a rented I ment. The reason this town has a $5 fine for use and possession of marijuana is because people like you went to the polls and voted it in. The Human Rights ordinance, which prohibits discrimination on E the basis of student status also carne í bout because young people went to the polls in large numbers and voted in a forward looking City Council. You can make these changes a reaJity E gain. Sure,we know that ultimately the E kind of changes this society needs won'l 1 come about only through the electoral system. But at the moment, it is one of the few channels we can use to gain real power and institute some initial. effective blows against the system. A look at some E of the legislation pointcd out here should I convince you that it is worth the trek down to City Hall. The power is there, and all of us together can seize it. - , - ,,,.„,„-. i