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View Diary: "Amazeballs" -- North Carolina GOP Seeks to Tax Parents of College Students who Vote (97 comments)

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  •  FG - because it applies only to (1+ / 0-)
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    residency, I think it does pass muster. The college student can vote by absentee ballot, so there is no restriction of voting privileges. Some in this thread think it would be beneficial for the Dems as college towns are heavily Democratic and don't need every college student to carry those districts while "back home" the Dems could use some help.

    "let's talk about that"

    by VClib on Sun Apr 07, 2013 at 07:52:12 AM PDT

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    •  If your child can't vote in their place of (0+ / 0-)

      residence then that most certainly harms their voting rights. They have a democratic interest in voting for officials in the community they live in. That's guaranteed by Supreme Court precedent. What NC is trying to do is override that Supreme Court precedent by imposing a higher tax liability on the parents of college students who elect to exercise their local voting rights. That's clearly a violation of the 24th.

      Taking it out of the college scenario since that seems to have you confused, could the state of North Carolina draw a line around the most liberal districts in the state, and then tell those voters that if they want their tax deductions they must vote in the most conservative districts in the state and not participate in the elections in their communities?

      •  Rf - your hypo makes no sense (0+ / 0-)

        First, I think the proposal is reprehensible. However, we are talking about a deduction for a college student as it relates to state income taxes of the parents. The state legislature has broad leeway to determine what attributes qualify for state income tax purposes and are under no requirement to follow federal rules. There is no cancellation of the right to vote, only the loss of a tax deduction. The legislators are taking the position that if the child voluntarily changes their legal residence, from their parents home to a new college location, the child no longer qualifies as a dependent.

        It will be interesting to see if this bill becomes law. If so, we can all watch the litigation with interest and see who was right.

        "let's talk about that"

        by VClib on Sun Apr 07, 2013 at 05:07:43 PM PDT

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