You Don't Need a Permanent Address to Vote — Here's What Organizers Want You to Know

You Don't Need a Permanent Address to Vote — Here's What Organizers Want You to Know

October 30, 2020

There are a lot of privileges that are taken for granted when it comes to voting. Things like a valid ID, a P.O. box within walking distance, a method of transportation, or even just a general knowledge of the important issues in an election. Too often, it’s assumed that these basic aspects of voting are easily accessible to all Americans who want their voices to be heard. But for members of the homeless community who oftentimes have no permanent address, let alone a ride to the polls, voting is not that simple.

Although data on homelessness and voting is largely unavailable, it’s well understood that voter turnout tends to increase with higher family income. In fact, according to the Washington Post, in the 2018 midterm elections, in families with an annual income of less than $10,000, only 31 percent of people voted, 11 percent of which cited transportation problems as a significant obstacle. This shows that for those without a home or a steady income, voting is disproportionately harder. Consequently, the homeless community’s voices are stifled in our political system. To better understand the, POPSUGAR talked to experts and activists about how to vote while homeless, what kind of difference it could make, and what others can do to help make voting feasible for every citizen.

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