A national non-profit, non-partisan group called “Spread the Vote” launched its Evansville chapter Saturday.

The group is committed to helping people get government issued IDs and then educating them on the voting process.

More than a dozen people attended the first meeting at the Evansville Vanderbugh Public Library. 

The organization will help people get an ID free of charge, allowing them to vote, apply for jobs, get housing, receive medical care, and much more.

Eyewitness News spoke to a high schooler interested in helping, who says while he still can’t vote, he wants to make sure others can. 

“I understand how important voting is. There have been many elections where one or two votes has determined who won and that can change the shape of our country community and state. Since I can’t vote but have a lot of ideas, I feel if I can get as many people who can vote to express their ideas it’s just as good,” says sophomore Timothy Dwyer.

Evansville is the first local chapter to launch in the state. 

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(This story was originally published on Jan 26, 2018)