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Tribal members register to vote

HOLLYWOOD — With election year in full swing, the Broward County Supervisor of Elections Office made it easy for people to register to vote by bringing the voter registration process to Tribal Headquarters on July 11. About a dozen new voters registered, and many others checked their voter status throughout the day.

“We have done this before,” said Stephen Bowers, Liaison for the Governor’s Council on Indian Affairs. “It was aimed at Tribal members and employees, but it was open to anyone, even a person walking down the street. We just wanted to make sure people have the opportunity to vote.”

The registration table was stocked with sample ballots for the Aug. 14 primary election, information on state and federal representatives and senators, precinct addresses and a machine to check individuals’ voter statuses.

“I just wanted to do it,” said Ruggy Jumper, who registered for the first time. “You can’t say nothing about the outcome if you don’t vote. I thought I’d vote and see if my judgment is right.”

Registration is now closed for the primary election, but it is still open for the Nov. 6 general election. The general election will include president, U.S. senator and representatives in Congress, as well as a host of state and local offices.

The deadline to register for the November election is Oct. 9. People can register in person at any Broward County library or Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office or by visiting or calling 954-357-7050 for more information.

Beverly Bidney
Beverly Bidney has been a reporter and photographer for The Seminole Tribune since 2012. During her career, she has worked at various newspapers around the country including the Muskogee Phoenix in Oklahoma, Miami Herald, Associated Press, USA Today and other publications nationwide. A NAJA award winning journalist, she has covered just about everything over the years and is an advocate for a strong press. Contact her at

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