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Illinois, Kentucky voter registration deadline

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WSIL -- Eighteen states, including Illinois and Kentucky have midterm registration deadlines today, October 9.

Residents in Illinois have an in-person deadline Tuesday but can register online until October 21 by clicking here. Kentucky residents can click here to register. 

All states, with the exception of North Dakota, require registration before voters can hit the polls.

In 2014, turnout of the voting-eligible population in the midterms was only 36.4 percent, the lowest since World War II, according to the United States Election Project, an electoral systems tracking site run by a University of Florida political science professor.

Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas and Utah all have deadlines today.

Florida's Democratic party filed a lawsuit against the state this morning to extend the registration deadline as Hurricane Michael makes its way toward the state. They argued "thousands of ineligible voters will be disenfranchised," if the registration deadline is not extended.

South Carolina has already extended its deadline 10 days in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence.

Voters who are at least 18 and meet their state's voter registration requirements can register to vote by filling out their state's form. Residents can go to their local or state election offices to register, but most states allow online registration.

Missouri's deadline is October 10, and residents there can click here to register.

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