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Voting Myths Busted

Have Voting Questions? Here Are Voting Myths Busted!

Early voting kicked off in Florida today with long lines in the sun, and with voting underway in Colorado and Nevada, even if you've got two weeks to go before you cast your ballot, questions are bound to crop up. The deadline to register to vote here in California was yesterday, and questions were being zapped to me from left and right (heh) about voting eligibility.

Here are some myths busted about what does or doesn't take away your ballot:

  • Campaign Tees = No Vote?
    Nope, but you might have to cover up the offending slogan — and it's not a bad idea to make like your mom always says and take a jacket.
  • Snafu With Voter Rolls = No Vote?
    Nope, but you might have to take an oath swearing you are who you say you are, and live where you say you do. You can also request a provisional ballot from poll workers and call 1-866-OUR-VOTE if problems persist.

To see more myths busted,


  • Voting With School Address = Dropped From Parent's Insurance?
    Nope. The rumors that using your school address to vote means you might lose your financial aid or parents' health insurance are just that. Rumors.
  • Driver's License Address ≠ Your Current Address?
    No biggie. Your driver's license is only to ID the voter, not where you live.
  • The list of myths busted is produced by Rock the Trail, and has links to maps pinpointing your polling place, hours of voting, and what kind of ID you'll need to take with you when you go to vote as well as more myths just like these, busted.

    Any crazy myths flying around a precinct near you? Got questions? Stick them in the comments and we'll see if we can help!


Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
Homeless people can actually list a park bench as their residence.
chatondeneige chatondeneige 8 years
So you think that I should be able to go into my local polling place and say "Hey, I'm Suzy *Last Name*" I know her full name, because she lives down the street from me and I know where her polling place is. I can swear up and down that I'm her. And I could vote for her, if they didn't require any ID. How, exactly, does a homeless person register to vote? How do they write down their address, which is required for voter registration? I'm sorry, but presenting ID SHOULD be required.
True-Song True-Song 8 years
No comment on whether I'm lying or have no idea what I'm talking about, but in regards to ID: I don't know why anyone would "need" their voter registration card. I'm sure I have mine somewhere but I never need it. And it seems very possible to me that a homeless person could be without every single form of alternative identification. And just because you don't need a driver's license or state identification card doesn't mean they're not requiring ID, just that they're accepting a longer list of valid identification.
chatondeneige chatondeneige 8 years
Sorry, I left this open for a while. It doesn't mean you have to HAVE ID to vote in AZ, like TrueSong claims. This is what you can do: Have one of these: List A - Photo ID bearing name and address - Valid AZ drivers license or non-operating identification - Tribal enrollment card or other from of tribal identification - Valid United States federal, state, or local government issued identification Or have two of these: List B - Identification without photograph bearing name and address - Utility bill of the elector that is dated within ninety days of the date of the election. - Bank or credit union statement that is dated within ninety days of the election - Valid AZ vehicle registration - Indian census card - Property tax statement of the elector's residence - Tribal enrollment card - Vehicle insurance card - Valid United States federal, state, or local government issued identification - Voter Identification card - Any "official Election Material" bearing your name and address So, if you have your voter registration card (which you need,) and the sample ballot they sent you a week before the election, you can vote. If you can't keep track of a newspaper sized piece of paper for a week, that's your own damn problem.
Robert-in-SF Robert-in-SF 8 years
I don't know if you have any facts to back this statement: it's scary to think that a state wouldn't require an id, what with all the mickey mouses, dead people and illegal aliens voting and all. But it seems to me that the reference you are making sounds considerably uneducated about the issue. The ACORN registrations were just that, registrations. There was not vote fraud, as no one had voted with those registrations. IN fact, ACORN actually flagged the ineligible registrations for the board to see that there were problems. As well, according to a variety of sources there is little actual voter fraud (especially considering that the low amount would not actually alter the outcome of the elections) as much as there is voter suppression. "Lori Minnite, a professor of political science at Barnard College, has spent the last eight years studying the role of fraud in U.S. elections...From 2002 to 2005 only one person was found guilty of registration fraud. Twenty people were found guilty of voting while ineligible and five people were found guilty of voting more than once. That’s 26 criminal voters -- voters who vote twice, impersonate other people, vote without being a resident -- the voters that Republicans warn about. Meanwhile thousands of people are getting turned away at the polls." Take all these claims with a grain of salt, but I would hesitate to jump to a knee-jerk reactionary conclusion that there is mass voter fraud going on based on "breaking" news reports which haven't been fully reported, vetted or investigated. But if you have any actual facts to back up your fears, please let us know.
i used to work for the government (big user of wordiness, thus paper). i'm here to help. :-D
PiNkY-PiNk PiNkY-PiNk 9 years
choochoo, i was just thinking about that, after i clicked on post. lol. but thanks! that makes sense :)
pinky, i think it is probably necessary for them to have a paper trail, just in case someone posed as you and blah, blah, blah. sometimes a paper trail is a good thing. it's scary to think that a state wouldn't require an id, what with all the mickey mouses, dead people and illegal aliens voting and all. most states can issue a valid id for less than $10 (okay, i did a cursory search on state issued id and saw quite a few that offered them for less than $10). as a voter, i want to make sure my vote isn't being canceled out by shenanigans.
PiNkY-PiNk PiNkY-PiNk 9 years
i have no problem with certain rules and laws in order to vote... that's great! but what i do have a problem with is the big b!tch that it was to get myself off the permanent absentee voter list. i called on friday to try to get myself off the permanent absentee voter list in ca and the lady told me i had to write a letter telling them i wanted to be off that list! that's ridiculous! why can't i just tell her and have her do it?! isn't it her job!? anyway, just wanted to get that off my chest. eventually, after much ridiculing what she was telling me, she told me to just re-register and leave the permanent absentee voter circle on the registration application empty. and i was worried about the d.l. address not matching current address for my bf. during the primaries, i just showed my school i.d. that was sufficient so hopefully there's no problems this time around.
verily verily 9 years
In Texas at least, I have found that if you have your voter's registration card, that's all you need. That was all I was asked for today when I early voted. When I didn't have my card with me in the last election, I just showed my driver's license instead.
True-Song True-Song 9 years
It's not completely ridiculous, because it means you must have ID to vote.
chatondeneige chatondeneige 9 years
Also, brookrene, AZ voted in 2004 to require people to show ID. It was one of the propositions.
chatondeneige chatondeneige 9 years
I think requiring ID to vote ... [is] unconstitutional. That's completely ridiculous. I have to prove I am who I say I am when I go to my school's rec center, or when I pick up something from the post office - why shouldn't I have to show legal ID in order to vote?
lorenashley lorenashley 9 years
brookrene, my friend voted in FL yesterday and said that they had to have their ID (but not voter card) so the people working the polls could check to make sure they were registered and at the right polling place. i would think every state would have to show ID :?
brookrene brookrene 9 years
Is it true that only in AZ do you have to show ID? I read that somewhere recently and think it's a crock. It should be mandated that you show ID in every state. Who's to say you're not some illegal alien or voting under a different name? But anyway, just wondering if that's true. I had to show mine when i lived there, but I'm not sure if i will need to here in Texas.
Jessiebanana Jessiebanana 9 years
Ha, I was thinking if you can be swayed on the day you're voting by a campaign t-shirt, then maybe you deserved to be influenced by whoever comes through the door. I'm mentally imaging a really confused person in the center of McCain and Obama shirts having a mental breakdown.
True-Song True-Song 9 years
I'm not confused about what I can or can't do. I'm just annoyed. I think requiring ID to vote and banning campaign shirts from being worn are both unconstitutional.
kikidawn kikidawn 9 years
Driver's License Address ≠ Your Current Address That's the one I was worried about... but I got it all cleared up and now I'm registered at my new address and ready to vote!! :)
momma-tikita momma-tikita 9 years
hope for the better. expect the worse.
Kelliegrl Kelliegrl 9 years
Thanks Citizen! I wonder if it's too optimistic to think Election Day will run smoothly.
CitizenSugar CitizenSugar 9 years
If you're concerned about any specific worries (like the t-shirts in your area) you the National Association of Secretaries of State webiste lets you look up all the contact info for your local voting office.
Roarman Roarman 9 years
Not really a big deal, go home change your shirt, or turn it inside out and come back and vote. I haven't changed my license since I moved and got married, but I didn't have a problem in the primaries. I just bring a piece of mail with me on voting day and I haven't had a problem yet.
True-Song True-Song 9 years
Wearing a campaign t-shirt ≠ campaigning. That link didn't work for me, but I found it here: She was able to vote once she turned her shirt inside out. She was told the shirt would be distracting to other voters. It is legal to vote while drunk, though, in New Mexico...
momma-tikita momma-tikita 9 years
Thats what i was thinking Jessie. Honestly... Im sure a lot of people wear them though!
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