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Voting myths, lies and other shenanigans

Each election season we hear numerous stories that are peddled to prospective voters with the intention of discouraging or downright scaring them. Below are some common whoppers intended to keep the uninformed away from the voting booth:

MYTH
You’ll be called for jury duty if you register to vote.

FACT
Jury rolls are derived from driver’s license records and other records, sometimes including voter registration. So you can still be called for jury duty even if you’re not registered to vote.

MYTH
You must register each time to vote.

FACT
Once properly registered, you may vote in any election. If your information on the voter registration form changes (i.e., address or name), inform your election office of the changes. If you haven’t voted in several years, you should verify with your elections office that your registration status is still valid. 

MYTH
Voting isn’t confidential.

FACT
Your ballot is collected with thousands of others. In practice, it would be virtually impossible for someone to see how you voted because ballots do not include the voter’s name.

MYTH
You can’t vote in the General Election if you
didn’t register to vote in the primary.

FACT
You may vote in the General Election
without having registered for, or
voted in, the primary.

MYTH
One vote doesn’t matter.

FACT
Countless elections at every level of
government have come down to a handful of votes or fewer. Even though thin margins are more common in local elections, any election can turn into a nail-biter. LL

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