Spread the Vote launches in Fort Wayne

A national organization committed to helping people get IDs IS making it's mark officially here in Indiana by launching a local chapter of Spread the Vote. Their new initiative they want people to know about is called Project ID.

Posted: Feb 2, 2019 10:25 PM
Updated: Feb 3, 2019 7:17 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Through the Project ID initiative, the local chapter of Spread the Vote will help anyone in the Fort Wayne area get an ID free of charge.

"We need to see higher voter turnout rates. One of the barriers is making sure people have an ID. You can register all the people you want. If they don't have an id, it doesn't matter in Indiana," Amanda Noell, Spread the Vote Indiana State Director said.

Having an ID not only allows a person to vote, but to apply for jobs, housing, and receive medical care. That's why Noell is launching Spread the Vote here in Fort Wayne.

"In Indiana, they require you to show your ID when you vote, but sometimes there's so many documents because you were born overseas, or they need to be transcribed that hinder people from getting those documents so i'm excited about this coming here," Nicole King said.

Spread the Vote's launch in the state is a part of the groups seven state expansion to combat tough voter ID laws across the country. Conor Ross has already stepped up to help after attending the informational meeting Saturday morning.

"I really hope a lot of people get involved. That's the main thing," Ross said.

There are 35 states that have voter ID laws including Indiana.

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