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    Re: Senate bill seeks to curb college vote

    Quote Originally Posted by Perotista View Post
    True, but I think this may be more to let the kids vote back in their home districts and not from some temporary address. I could be wrong, but this was my take on it. When I was stationed at Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo. I couldn't vote in Missouri as my home of record or official residence was Georgia. I lived in temporary quarters in on base housing. There is no way I should have been allowed to vote in Missouri since I was just temporary living there. Same for college kids.
    As far as I know, college students are able to vote in their home of record, anyway.
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    Re: Senate bill seeks to curb college vote

    Quote Originally Posted by CanadaJohn View Post
    I'm curious - how does each state determine who has a right to vote in their state in Presidential and other federal office elections if a student is registerd as a resident in their parent's home as well as registered as a resident of their college town when that college is in a different state than their parent's residence? Are they allowed to vote for President twice - once at home, perhaps by absentee ballot and once at school, in person? What is done to prohibit such double voting?

    Secondly, I see this also as an issue of eligibility for a tax deduction if the student is living away from home for the majority of the year and in some cases all year - are they truly dependents in the normal sense?
    They can't register at two addresses. That's illegal.
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    Re: Senate bill seeks to curb college vote

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    They can't register at two addresses. That's illegal.
    Who would know, other than the student? How is this checked?

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    Re: Senate bill seeks to curb college vote

    Quote Originally Posted by CanadaJohn View Post
    Who would know, other than the student? How is this checked?
    Not sure, but it's damn sure illegal. It becomes voter fraud if you vote in both precincts.
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    Re: Senate bill seeks to curb college vote

    Quote Originally Posted by CanadaJohn View Post
    Who would know, other than the student? How is this checked?
    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    Not sure, but it's damn sure illegal. It becomes voter fraud if you vote in both precincts.
    The state has a record of voter registrations. If you register in two places, they'd see it. If someone came in and voted under both of those registrations, that can be seen too.
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    Re: Senate bill seeks to curb college vote

    Quote Originally Posted by Perotista View Post
    I don’t know if this is as sinister as you portray it or not. If you are in the military and stationed at Ft. Bragg, you have to register and vote in your home state district. Not Fayetteville. There are exceptions, if you buy a home in Fayetteville and change your official residence to Fayetteville, they you can register and vote there. But if you reside in on post housing or barracks, you have to vote back in your home state.

    I would assume this is in that line of thinking. Those college students from another state have to register and vote in their home states as dorms are just temporary housing much like on post housing would be at Ft. Bragg. My feelings are if an address on Ft. Bragg can’t be used, neither should a college address which is nothing more than a temporary address and not ones official residence.

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    “The bill would also require voters to have their vehicles registered at the same address as their voter registration. That also could cut down on college student registration, since many students maintain their vehicle registration in their home counties.”

    The above also makes sense to me. If you live there, your vehicle registration should also be there or where you official residence is.
    You are not a dependent when you are in the military. Different situation.
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    Re: Senate bill seeks to curb college vote

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    SO, at what point should people stop being allowed to claim a child tax credit? When the kid is 40, or what?
    The issue is not the age. This draws the distinction on whether a dependent by whether you vote while at college. In other words, you can be a dependent and at college, as long as you do not vote.
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    Re: Senate bill seeks to curb college vote

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    Why should parents get tax cuts for adult children not living at home? Seems to me if parents want to claim their adult children as dependents then that is where the college student should be registered to vote at. They can vote absentee.
    This bill does not draw a distinction as to where you live, but where you vote.
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    Re: Senate bill seeks to curb college vote

    Quote Originally Posted by CanadaJohn View Post
    I'm curious - how does each state determine who has a right to vote in their state in Presidential and other federal office elections if a student is registerd as a resident in their parent's home as well as registered as a resident of their college town when that college is in a different state than their parent's residence? Are they allowed to vote for President twice - once at home, perhaps by absentee ballot and once at school, in person? What is done to prohibit such double voting?

    Secondly, I see this also as an issue of eligibility for a tax deduction if the student is living away from home for the majority of the year and in some cases all year - are they truly dependents in the normal sense?
    apdst is correct on this. You have to show residence to vote. It is how they determine what district you vote in.
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    Re: Senate bill seeks to curb college vote

    Having gone to college out of state, I was always able to vote in my home state and never had any desire whatsoever to vote in the elections where I went to school. It isn't right and it shouldn't be allowed. President is not the only thing on the ballot and people who do not have a vested interest in a place should not be allowed to vote for senators, congressmen, local officials, ballot initiatives or anything else. Sorry. The democrats are 100% dead wrong on this issue. Unless someone has set up residence in the state such that they would otherwise qualify to vote, then screw them.

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