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    In states, parties clash over voting laws that call for IDs, limits on where college

    Quote Originally Posted by http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/03/06/AR2011030602662.html
    New Hampshire's new Republican state House speaker is pretty clear about what he thinks of college kids and how they vote. They're "foolish," Speaker William O'Brien said in a recent speech to a tea party group.


    "Voting as a liberal. That's what kids do," he added, his comments taped by a state Democratic Party staffer and posted on YouTube. Students lack "life experience," and "they just vote their feelings."

    New Hampshire House Republicans are pushing for new laws that would prohibit many college students from voting in the state - and effectively keep some from voting at all.

    One bill would permit students to vote in their college towns only if they or their parents had previously established permanent residency there - requiring all others to vote in the states or other New Hampshire towns they come from. Another bill would end Election Day registration, which O'Brien said unleashes swarms of students on polling places, creating opportunities for fraud.

    The measures in New Hampshire are among dozens of voting-related bills being pushed by newly empowered Republican state lawmakers across the country - prompting partisan clashes akin to those already roiling in some states over GOP moves to curb union power.
    The GOP is losing it. How can conservatives justifiably support this party anymore when they are actively attacking constitutional rights?

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    Re: In states, parties clash over voting laws that call for IDs, limits on where coll

    Quote Originally Posted by Temporal View Post
    The GOP is losing it. How can conservatives justifiably support this party anymore when they are actively attacking constitutional rights?
    I voted absentee ballot the first time I voted.
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    Re: In states, parties clash over voting laws that call for IDs, limits on where coll

    Quote Originally Posted by Temporal View Post
    The GOP is losing it. How can conservatives justifiably support this party anymore when they are actively attacking constitutional rights?
    Well they aren't taking away the person's right to vote, they can still do absentee ballot. However saying that, I think the law is a stupid. I mean I go to BU and laws in Mass have more of an effect on me than laws in SC do, since I am in Boston for about 10 months out of the year. I do not see how they can say 9-11 months a year isn't a resident of the state. If you can be summoned to jury duty in the state as a college student, which you can in Vermont, than you should be able to vote there as well.

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    Re: In states, parties clash over voting laws that call for IDs, limits on where coll

    Quote Originally Posted by Temporal View Post
    The GOP is losing it. How can conservatives justifiably support this party anymore when they are actively attacking constitutional rights?
    The leaders of the Republican Party are unraveling. They're getting more and more sloppy. They need to stop blatantly alienating people. It's not good for business.

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    Re: In states, parties clash over voting laws that call for IDs, limits on where coll

    Why is this not a law already? I would have thought that voting in a town that you don't list as your permanent address would be voter fraud.
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    Re: In states, parties clash over voting laws that call for IDs, limits on where coll

    Quote Originally Posted by ksu_aviator View Post
    Why is this not a law already? I would have thought that voting in a town that you don't list as your permanent address would be voter fraud.
    It depends on how the say how long you have to live in the town to be a resident. For example, in Boston if you live in the city for more than x number of months you are a resident and be called for jury duty and can vote in the city. It also happens to be under the school year, so students, if they want, can vote and serve on juries in Suffolk County.

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    Re: In states, parties clash over voting laws that call for IDs, limits on where coll

    Some of this is silly but,
    Another bill would end Election Day registration, which O'Brien said unleashes swarms of students on polling places, creating opportunities for fraud.
    Is a good idea. In California illegals are registering all the time because there is zero checking of information given on line.

    I also believe ID should be required before anyone votes.
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    Re: In states, parties clash over voting laws that call for IDs, limits on where coll

    Quote Originally Posted by soccerboy22 View Post
    It depends on how the say how long you have to live in the town to be a resident. For example, in Boston if you live in the city for more than x number of months you are a resident and be called for jury duty and can vote in the city. It also happens to be under the school year, so students, if they want, can vote and serve on juries in Suffolk County.
    So long as the student doesn't vote in the other area and does have a permanent physical address in the district, that should be fine.
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    Re: In states, parties clash over voting laws that call for IDs, limits on where coll

    Quote Originally Posted by ksu_aviator View Post
    So long as the student doesn't vote in the other area and does have a permanent physical address in the district, that should be fine.
    Right, but from my understanding this bill says you have to prove your parents live in New Hampshire to vote in New Hampshire. As a student this would anger me because MA laws have more of an effect on me than SC laws do.

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    Re: In states, parties clash over voting laws that call for IDs, limits on where coll

    What's wrong with absentee ballots? I use them all the time. So do our deployed members of the military, people who travel often for business, etc. I fail to see the constitutional bruhaha here.

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