Recently, I wrote a post titled “Suppress the vote, 2013-2014—on Campus” (https://academeblog.org/2013/04/28/suppress-the-vote-2013-2014-versions-on-campus/).
In the post, I describe the efforts of the Republican majorities in the North Carolina and the Ohio legislature to create penalties that will effectively reduce the numbers of college students voting in both states.
In North Carolina, parents will now lose the deduction for their children who are college students and vote in the districts in which they are living while attending school.
In Ohio, where colleges and universities have long provided out-of-state students with documents attesting to their Ohio residency while students, and have done so in accordance with the directives on the state site describing the ways in which a voter can document residency, colleges and universities that provide such documentation will now be forced to charge such students the in-state tuition rate. It should be noted that out-of-state students who are living on campus probably do not receive and pay utility bills and may not have Ohio drivers licenses. So, discouraging colleges and universities from providing proof of their current Ohio residency is, in effect, a major obstacle to their registering to vote.
I pointed out in that post, that this bill will affect more than 32,000 Ohio students, or one-fifth of the margin by which President Obama carried the state in 2012.
This past week, Rachel Maddow surveyed similar efforts in five or six other states aimed at reducing the number of college students who will vote.
To stand up for the voting rights of college students in Ohio, please add your name to the following petitions: http://my.democrats.org/Voting-Rights-OH and http://www.change.org/petitions/ohio-general-assembly-stand-against-voter-suppression-at-ohio-colleges-and-universities
To stand up for the voting rights of college students in North Carolina, please add your name to the following petition: https://www.change.org/petitions/north-carolina-legislature-do-not-support-nc-senate-bill-667-2.
Then please forward the link to this post to tour friends and your colleagues!