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View Diary: What Voter Suppression Looks Like in Ohio: Fox News' Attacks on Vote from Home (Updated with Video) (298 comments)

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  •  The key word is "intend" (0+ / 0-)

    In almost every state the residency verbiage carries that word "intend". It may be buried in different parts of the various states' code but it is there.

    See, you have to have one, and only one, permanent state of residence. It doesn't matter which one it is. Otherwise, you would have people running around claiming to be a non-resident of every state and thus not subject to insurance laws, motor vehicle titling and registration laws, tax laws, etc.

    Registering to vote, in all states except North Dakota where there is no voter registration, is an affirmation, a declaration, of permanent residency in the state. The courts take that seriously. In fact, just the other day there was a diary about the elegibility of a candidate in Georgia for a Public Utility Commission board slot. The judge's ruling came down to several factors but one of them was - where was the person registered to vote!

    It isn't supression of voters to require them to declare under penalty of perjury that they are a resident of the state when they register. A person is free to do that. They just need to understand what they effectively did when they signed that form. So now they can vote. But also they are now residents of the state and have the responsibilities as citizens of that state that any other citizens is required to perform - driver's license change, car registration, etc.

    What's the difference between Sarah Palin and a Moose? One has a nice rack. The other is completely full of shit!

    by MindRayge on Fri Oct 31, 2008 at 11:23:36 PM PDT

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    •  Yes, but in California at least (1+ / 0-)
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      they are very up-front about telling people the rules on how obtaining residence for voting, taxation, getting a driver's license, etc. are related--when I moved there I was informed right away that if I got a driver's license I would have to put California as my state of residence for tax purposes, etc.

      Also, 'intention' is tricky.  I lived in California for 10 months, and while I would love to live there 'permanently', my job there wasn't 'permanent'.  But I don't live in the state I lived in before I lived in California, either.  And my guess is that these kids might end up anywhere after they finish volunteering.

      And if people are stopped from voting in Ohio because they don't intend to stay there forever, what about other rights?  If I move to Ohio temporarily in September but plan to move before June, should my kids be kept from going to school because we won't be in the district 'permanently'?

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