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  •  This is typical of EVERY election ... (2+ / 0-)
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    distraught, a gnostic

    ...since students first got the judiciary-backed right to vote in their college communities in 1979.

    From RocktheVote in 2004:

    Federal and state laws make it clear that students have the right to vote wherever a student considers "home". Legally, this means establishing residency in the county where you are trying to vote. Residency requirements vary by state and county. However, students everywhere must be treated like any other citizen when registering to vote. So, if a student voter registration form is rejected, the burden falls on the local registrar to demonstrate that they have not raised the residency standard for student voters.

    Sometimes the lines can be blurry. Several students across the country have gone to court to prove that they are residents of their college community and should be allowed to register to vote in that county.

    The most insidious form of student voter intimidation, however, may be the dissemination of incorrect information about the impact voter registration may have on a student’s eligibility for financial aid, health insurance or a parent’s right to claim a student as a dependent on tax returns. The College Vote Initiative aims to dispel these and other misconceptions about voter registration that may discourage students from registering to vote through an educational campaign.

    Good heads-up Diary, a gnostic.

    I am an anti-imperialist. I am opposed to having the eagle put its talons on any other land. -- Mark Twain

    by Meteor Blades on Mon Sep 08, 2008 at 08:12:22 AM PDT

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