Debunking Voter Registration Myths

Whether it’s a big presidential election year or a so-called “off year” election, voter registration is always the first step in making sure citizens can make their voice heard at the ballot box.

As simple as that fact is, there is always room for misinformation, myths and just plain misunderstanding that keeps untold numbers of citizens from exercising their right to vote.

As an organization preparing to register voters on September 22, you need the facts in order to debunk some common misconceptions about voter registration.

That’s why we’re here.

MYTH: “I’ve heard that I can’t register to vote because I’ve been convicted of a crime and spent time in prison.”
FACT: While it’s true that in most states, you cannot vote while serving time in prison, once you have finished your time, your time in prison should have NO affect on registering to vote.
More Info: Here’s a state-by-state guide to help you pinpoint the exact situation you are looking to resolve.

MYTH: “I am currently homeless so I cannot register to vote because I don’t have a permanent address.”
FACT: It is recommended that a person experiencing homelessness use the address of the shelter where they receive mail. Or even listing a street corner or park as their residence.

MYTH: “I know you need a new registration if I move to another state but I just moved across town so I don’t need to update my registration.”
FACT: Even if you move WITHIN the same county, you should re-register to update your new address. This is especially true if you leave your county or state.
More InfoLearn more here.

MYTH: “I don’t have a state-issued ID so I can’t register to vote.”
FACT: While many states may require a photo ID to cast a vote, you do not need one to register. If you don’t have a photo ID (drivers license, etc.) you can use your social security number.
More Info: Visit Headcount’s quick guide about voter registration needs. Go to to learn more about states requiring IDs to vote.