WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — When it comes to voting, there can be a quite a few myths floating around. So how do voters know what is true, and what isn’t? Media General contributors spoke with one member from the League of Women Voters who dispels many common voting myths.
The League of Women Voters has been around since 1920. Voter services co-chair Joanne Evers said their main goal then is the same as it is now to educate people on how to be active voters.
“We try to go out and we register people to vote, and we have heard things from them that are not true,” said Evers.
To be an active voter means dispelling any myths when it comes to voting. So the League is creating a brochure of 12 voting myths as a guide for voters.
One common myth is about voting and jury duty.
“I don’t want to register to vote because I am going to be called for jury duty, and I don’t want to be on a jury,” said Evers.
The state chooses who will be on a jury through tax records, driver’s licenses and many other ways.
“It just doesn’t fly with us if someone says I don’t want to be on a jury,” said Evers. “We say well it won’t matter because you won’t be on a jury just because you’re registered to vote.”
Evers said another common myth is that a person with felony against them cannot vote.
“If you’re no longer confined in a prison or jail, you may re-register to vote,” said Evers.
In addition, if a person is homeless they can register to vote. Evers said, if a person does not have a regular address, that person can still register and cast a ballot.
“Another myth is you have to have your voter ID in order to register to vote,” said Evers.
For example, if a person moves from one state to another and still has not changed their driver’s license, that person can still register. They just need to take steps before the election to get their voter ID.
Evers’ main goal is to teach people how to best participate in our democracy.
“We are an educational group, and we need to teach people more about election law,” said Evers.
The League hopes to get the brochures out before voting season coming up in spring. Once the brochures are complete, pamphlets will be in most public spaces.