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Can You Figure Out Which Of These Common Voting "Facts" Are Actually Total Lies?

Don't get fooled by voting misinformation.

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Now take this quiz to see if you can separate voting facts from fiction...

  1. It is illegal to cast a ballot before Election Day starts.

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    You can absolutely vote before Election Day!

    Many states offer early voting, and every state offers absentee ballots that you can fill out ahead of time and mail in. Especially during a pandemic, these early voting options are important to keep in mind!

  2. Convicted felons are banned from voting anywhere in the US.

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    In many states, you can vote with a felony conviction.

    It's a common misconception that people with felony convictions are never allowed to vote again. In reality, the laws on this totally vary state to state. You can learn more about your state's laws here.

  3. Absentee ballots are only counted if the election is close.

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    That's total BS!

    Absentee ballots count just as much as ballots submitted at the polls, as long as you make submission deadlines.

  4. College students are allowed to vote in the state where they go to school.

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    College students can vote where they go to school!

    The Supreme Court has ruled that students are indeed allowed to vote in their school's state.

  5. Some states have made it illegal to take a selfie in a voting booth.

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    Yup, that's true!

    Snapping a photo in the voting booth, in your polling place, or of your ballot may indeed be illegal in your state. But there are lots of other ways to let your friends know you're a voter!

  6. You can avoid jury duty by not registering to vote.

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    Sorry, it's not that easy!

    A variety of sources may be used by states to select potential jurors, including tax rolls, state ID or driver's license databases, and welfare recipient lists. So you might as well be registered to vote because you can still be called for jury duty.

  7. You can vote online or via text in every state.

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    Nope, not true!

    You can't text your vote anywhere. Some states will allow citizens to email their ballots if they meet certain qualifications. but that is rare. But hey — you can at least REGISTER to vote online. Click here to do that right now!

  8. The outcome of the 2016 presidential election came down to a group of voters so small, they could fit inside a football stadium.

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    That is actually true!

    Despite losing the popular vote, Donald Trump was able to win the Electoral College by fewer than 80,000 votes. As Vanity Fair noted, this means that the voters who determined the 2016 election could all fit inside a football stadium.

  9. Identification is required to vote in every single state.

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    ID is required in many states, but not all!

    You can learn more about your state's requirements here.

  10. If you don't bring ID to the polls and your state requires it, you will be turned away.

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    You can still fill out a provisional ballot!

    Provisional ballots are counted once the state is able to verify your eligibility to vote. So if you forget your ID, or the poll workers cannot find your name in their system, be sure to request that provisional ballot!

  11. There's no way to vote in 2020 without risking COVID.

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    You can still vote safely, even in this pandemic.

    You can request a mail-in ballot (aka absentee ballot) to vote from the safety of your home. Many states also allow you to vote early in-person, so you can avoid big crowds. And, of course, if you want to vote at the polls on Election Day, there are practical steps you can take to stay safer — like wearing a face mask, practicing social distancing, and using hand sanitizer.

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