Voting is one of the best aspects of being part of a democratic society. According to the Census, “the 2020 presidential election had the highest voter turnout of the 21st century, with 66.8% of citizens 18 years and older voting in the election.” Although these numbers reside at an all time high, it is important to stay informed and knowledgeable about common myths and misconceptions about registering to vote. In order to keep these numbers high, let’s debunk these common misconceptions!
Myth #1: “Registering to vote takes too long”
What do registering to vote and brushing your teeth have in common? They both take 2 minutes to complete! Making your voice heard as you register to vote is a speedy process that only takes 2 minutes to complete. DUSA aims at making the process one that is enjoyable and smooth.
Myth #2: “I must go in person to register to vote”
Registering to vote has never been easier! When you use our online voter registration tool, you can start and complete your application in just a few minutes all from the comfort of your home! Register to vote here: (https://bit.ly/DUSARegister)
Myth #3: “I am 16, I can’t register to vote”
When you’re 16, you can pre-register to vore. You will be able to vote once you’re 18 on or after election day. Pre-registration is quick and easy!
To register to vote in New York City, you must:
- Be a U.S. citizen
- Be a New York resident for at least 30 days
- And be at least 16 years old (you must be 18 on Election Day to vote.
Encourage the teens in your life to pre-register to vote using this link: https://dominicanosusa.org/pre-voter-registration/
Myth #4: “I need a driver’s license to register to vote”
Don’t worry if you don’t have a driver’s license, you don’t need it to register to vote! You can still register using a non-driver ID (for example, a state ID) If you don’t have a ID card, states will permit you to register using the last four digits of your social security number (SSN)
*Note – some states such as Hawaii, South Carolina, Tennessee, New Mexico, Virginia and Kentucky require your full SSN.
Myth #5: “Once I register to vote, I am set for all future elections”
Even after you’ve registered to vote in the past, it is important to make sure your registration is up to date. If you have failed to vote in multiple elections, it is possible that your information may be erased from the system. You can check your voter registration here (https://dominicanosusa.org/registration-status-lookup/)
Voting is one of the greatest benefits of being part of the United States, take full advantage of it by registering to vote!
DUSA is the largest Dominican-American civic engagement organization in the US. Over 170,000 voters registered and mobilized since 2014.