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  •  got to get them registered. (0+ / 0-)

    Got to get students switch their drivers licenses to have an instate ID. That would mean they would be eligible for in state tuition.

    Have the Rethugs thought of that?

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    by samddobermann on Fri Nov 04, 2011 at 02:26:23 AM PDT

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    •  Some problems with that (1+ / 0-)
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      Seneca Doane

      Getting all the students to change their driver's licenses goes only so far (and many do not have licenses). There is a serious challenge for minority voters, the elderly, and the poor and homeless in the new voter ID suppression laws in a number of states. For example, in Wisconsin the following are estimated to lack the required ID:

      55% of African American men (78% age 18-24)
      49% of African American women (66% age 18-24)
      46% of Latino men
      59% of Latino women
      23% of people over age 65

      This scares me.

      (By the way, I suspect that students must show more than an address on a driver's license to get in-state tuition status.)

      •  That many people in WI (1+ / 0-)
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        don't drive? I find that hard to believe.

        78% of 18-24 AA men? Or is it that you think the number of convicted criminals is that high in that demographic?

        •  Many poor people get by with taking the bus (1+ / 0-)
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          or getting rides from friends, or walking where they need to go. Or they don't have the paperwork to apply for a license (birth certificate, etc.). Or their license is expired. The voter ID law allows a license that has expired since the last November election. I don't know if these figures take expired licenses into account. The numbers come from comparing state data on license holders with census data for each demographic. I got it from a handout prepared by Wisconsin Voices, an advocacy group.

          And this has to do with people who don't have the ID that is required under the law to vote, not whether they are otherwise eligible. I don't know what percentage of any demographic are felons, but given the discrimination in the justice system, it's likely higher than it should be for the minority groups. By the way, felons in Wisconsin can vote after they have completed their parole conditions. The happiest registration I ever did was for a young woman who had just come "off paper" as the saying goes, and she was so proud to become a voter.

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