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  •  They are adults (1+ / 0-)
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    If they don't change it, then they are the ones who should be addressed, not the parents.  


    by otto on Sun Apr 07, 2013 at 05:54:45 AM PDT

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    •  Tax law in this country (8+ / 0-)

      allows parents to take deductions for children, grandchildren and/or others for whom they provide physical/financial support. For college students and other young adults not living on their own and providing their own support, even keep them on their insurance as dependents.

      Doesn't matter where a kid's going to college whether or not a parent can claim them as dependents under these rules. That has absolutely nothing to do with where the kid is living (on campus or in off-campus housing) if the parents are still paying the bills, or paying everything scholarships/financial aid isn't providing. If that student wishes to vote where they are living (at college), that also should have nothing to do with the parental tax situation in or out of state.

      ANY dependent 18 years of age can vote in any election. That's the law of the land. It does not matter whether or not they are still dependent on parents, and never has. I hope this ridiculous attempt at voter suppression is slammed hard sooner rather than later.

      •  totally undoable (4+ / 0-)

        Yes - I'm sick and tired of 'townie' types who regard college students as an invading, wealthy horde who don't really have a right to live anywhere. When I was 32 I lived in Santa Cruz, CA and even though I wasn't a student, I got some very unfriendly vibes from older resident neighbors who would call the police and leave nasty notes if anyone parked in front of their house and they thought it was unseemly for my other neighbors to sit on the front porch. I'll bet they complained endlessly to their friends how the students mess up the neighborhood.

        Anyway - how would they even define what a college is. Remember, most students, by far, attend community colleges and trade schools. And many 4 year colleges have largely commuter or evening school populations. Unless they set an age 22 limit, they would be charging everyone taking a college course when they are age 45.

        Also, it is illegal for someone to vote where they don't live, so students can't vote where their parents live

        •  See my post below (1+ / 0-)
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          Message from Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt of Chapel Hill.

          Not all townies are the same.

          From a Chapel Hill resident proud of our students!

          The highest form of spiritual practice is self observation with compassion.

          by NCJim on Sun Apr 07, 2013 at 10:17:36 AM PDT

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        •  Well, they could vote in the (0+ / 0-)

          parental precinct if that home is their "permanent address" and that's where they're registered. Just as members of the military no matter where they live at the moment, usually have a "permanent address" on record (often the parental home) attached to their absentee ballot. Students could vote absentee, but often don't think of it when they could obtain the ballot, or simply WANT to vote where they live most of the time.

          NC's Repuke legislature is wrong to even attempt this. Their justification is apparently the mess created by redistricting when they separated part of Buncombe County (A-ville and environs) to weaken its Democratic legislative strength. Students at Swannanoa College, who use Post Office boxes as mailing address but live on campus on the other side of the highway the redistricters used as a border, were challenged en masse by Repukes trying to toss their votes. When that didn't work as well as they'd hoped, they must have decided they should disenfranchise college students across the board as much as possible.

          If this is successful, I hope all the colleges will offer some real help getting students ready for crossing their t's and dotting their i's for voting. Whether it's from campus or in their home districts. Most colleges don't call extended holidays for general elections, making it very difficult for students to vote physically from parental precincts. Besides, they're far more likely to be excited about more local races affecting them where they live - on campus. None of that affects the amount of support their parents are providing, and it should not affect parents' ability to claim dependents on those terms.

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