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May 19 will be a remarkable day in Ketchikan. Seven cruise ships are expected to bring 13,226 passengers to the First City, beginning at 6 a.m. and ending at 8 p.m. That's more than 2,000 above the highest cruise passenger day a year ago.

Margaret Mae Bolton, 83, died April 15, 2017, in Ketchikan.
Courtney Marie Marshall, 36, died April 11, 2017, in Seattle.
Marcario Rado, 58, died April 10, 2017, in Ketchikan.
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With the local election coming soon to Ketchikan, it's an appropriate time to note that this week we observe National Voter Registration Day.

We tell you today in order to give you time, if you're not registered already, to arrange your schedule to register on THE day, which is Tuesday.

Registration day was created to encourage voter participation and increase awareness of state requirements and deadlines for voting, according to the Alaska Division of Elections. It appears to be effective. During the 2012 presidential election season, states reported receiving more than 62.5 million voter registration application forms and nearly 24 million applications from new voters. Alaska's numbers are included in those figures.

Alaska doesn't have a general election this year. But it's never too late, nor to early in many cases, to register to vote or update registration information.

Alaskans who may register must be at least 18 years old. They may register as soon as 90 days before their 18th birthday. Updating information is important for voters who have recently moved, changed their name or had their voting rights restored under the law. It also is necessary if a voter decides to switch political party affiliation.

Established during Voter Registration Month — September— by the nation's secretaries of state, Voter Registration Day is a reminder to register or to confirm voter eligibility. Just as with Annual Preparedness Month or the changing of clocks twice a year, which encourage people to prepare for any number of emergencies or serve as a reminder to change batteries in smoke alarms, Voter Registration Day is a reminder.

It's too late to register for this local election, but another election will be here soon. It's time to get ready to vote.

Tomorrow's the day to register; put it on the calendar.