Many students choose to vote in the state they attend school. In Montgomery County, Virginia, students have been warned doing so may jeopardize financial aid.
In a press release issued over a week ago, the Montgomery County registrar issued a warning to students:
According to the press release, "The Code of Virginia states that a student must declare a legal residence in order to register. A legal residence can be either a student’s permanent address from home or their current college residence. By making Montgomery County your permanent residence, you have declared your independence from your parents and can no longer be claimed as a dependent on their income tax filings — check with your tax professional. If you have a scholarship attached to your former residence, you could lose this funding. And, if you change your registration to Montgomery County, Virginia Code requires you to change your driver’s license and car registration to your present address within 30 days."
As noted by a representative of the Student Public Interest Group in the "Inside Higher Ed" article, "In 25 years of registering young voters around the country, none of the staff has ever heard of a single incident where a student has lost their tax status or their scholarship because of where they’ve registered to vote."
Is this a concerted effort by Republicans to suppress the student vote at college campuses? Has anyone heard of such efforts occurring in other states or at other schools? Can they stoop any lower?