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Wed Feb 6, 2013, 08:03 PM

Indiana GOP Lawmaker Wants To Block Out-Of-State Students From Voting

Source: The Huffington Post

WASHINGTON -- Indiana lawmakers are debating Wednesday on legislation that would prohibit students who pay out-of-state tuition from voting in the Hoosier State -- and that may be unconstitutional.

The bill, introduced by state Rep. Peggy Mayfield (R-Martinsville), would amend the Indiana Code regarding elections to specify that "a person does not gain residency in a precinct into which the person moves for educational purposes if the person pays a nonresident tuition rate."

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Specifically, Rowland said that to obtain in-state tuition -- and, thus, the right to vote under Mayfield's bill -- a student must first be a resident of Indiana for a full year. The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that states cannot set such an extended time barrier to voting, she said.

"The courts, including the Supreme Court in a case from the 1970s, have said very plainly that states cannot create restrictions on obtaining voting residency that are longer than 30 days," Rowland told The Huffington Post. "So 365 days is pretty clearly in violation of that constitutional law."

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/06/indiana-students-voting_n_2631572.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000009

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Reply Indiana GOP Lawmaker Wants To Block Out-Of-State Students From Voting (Original post)
Bjorn Against Feb 2013 OP
benld74 Feb 2013 #1
sulphurdunn Feb 2013 #4
democraticinsurgent Feb 2013 #2
Paulie Feb 2013 #3
jaysunb Feb 2013 #5
chuckstevens Feb 2013 #6
defacto7 Feb 2013 #7
Grassy Knoll Feb 2013 #8
Deep13 Feb 2013 #9
OmahaBlueDog Feb 2013 #10
Deep13 Feb 2013 #13
OmahaBlueDog Feb 2013 #14
BadgerKid Feb 2013 #11
Deep13 Feb 2013 #12

Response to Bjorn Against (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 08:09 PM

1. Jeebus! Do they really think they are being crafty? Or are they really that stoopids?

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Response to benld74 (Reply #1)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 08:41 PM

4. The walk on their knuckles

and yes, they are that stoopid, but their stoopid is backed by wealth and power. As they get redder and stoopider, more blue state money will be sent to them than they pay in taxes. Their educational system will become 3rd rate. Life spans will decrease, crime rates will increase, teen pregnancies, divorce rates and poverty will soar, church attendance will spike upward at the same rate as sexually transmitted diseases. It really is a shame that after a conflict of 150 years, the Confederacy is finally winning.

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Response to Bjorn Against (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 08:33 PM

2. Bulletproof R Majorities in Both Houses...

Which means the jerks are throwing out the most insane legislation this year. Yesterday, the senate passed a bill requiring the teaching of cursive writing in schools.

They've also introduced bills requiring school prayer, allowing students to carry guns on college campuses, and other madness which I can't recall at the moment. The Indiana Dems had a majority in the house a few scant years ago but they let it get away.

Now Indiana is screwn.

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Response to Bjorn Against (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 08:41 PM

3. Any prospective Indiana students please come to Illinois

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Response to Bjorn Against (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 08:46 PM

5. Republicans and their desperation is getting really

scary. The need for power and control over the majority is a serious problem for the near term future of our country.

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Response to Bjorn Against (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 09:44 PM

6. TRANSFERS BABY!

If that actually do this, then It's quite simple: Any non-white Protestant student, who is viewed as a potential "threat" to the Hoosier Way of life should immediately transfer out of the state. Hurt these Stalinist Thugs where it counts and cripple their university system across the board. I love to see the loss in college sports revenue, let alone the tuition and room board losses with a mass exodus out of the state.

It amazes me that so many right-wing elected officials can so blatantly disregard the US Constitution.

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Response to Bjorn Against (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 09:56 PM

7. Blatant, is the word.

The RW aristocrats have to find a way to keep people "from" voting.

Giving people the ability to vote, helping to make it easy for people to vote, encouraging people to get out the vote is passť. Thwarting the right for Americans to have their voice heard is the new chique in modern GOP trends.

How fashionable!

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Response to Bjorn Against (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 09:57 PM

8. Hey, Bobby Jindal told you point blank...

"You Have to STOP being the STUPID party"
A great Quote from the movie Scrooged: Sometimes you
have to KICK them in the head to get their attention.

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Response to Bjorn Against (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 10:27 PM

9. If he or she lives there, that student is a resident of IN.

What if it's a private college without differential tuition?

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Response to Deep13 (Reply #9)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 01:47 AM

10. In many states, there is a citizenship exception clause for students

It's exactly to prevent out-of-state residents from paying lower in-state rates. Generally, one has to withdraw for a semester and work to get around that.

Students generally are supposedto vote absentee in their parent(s)/guardian(s) home state and district.

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Response to OmahaBlueDog (Reply #10)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 11:56 AM

13. That's for tuition, not voting.

Voting is a fundamental right and the 14th Amendment states that an American citizen is also a citizen of the state where he or she resides.

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Response to Deep13 (Reply #13)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 11:59 AM

14. In California, it was a legal residency issue

If you are an out-of-state student, you don't "reside" in the state in a legal sense. You still hold your full legal voting rights in your state of legal residence.

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Response to Deep13 (Reply #9)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 06:51 AM

11. Is it that there has to be "intent" to stay?

IOW, you would need to be living off campus and paying utility bills.

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Response to BadgerKid (Reply #11)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 11:54 AM

12. "All persons born or naturalized in the United States...

and subject to their jurisdiction, are citizens of the United States AND THE STATE WHEREIN THEY RESIDE.
--14th Amend.

There's no conditional language attached to that. Citizenship is a personal right, not a property right. It doesn't matter who they are paying for what.

And if they move away after four years, there will be new students in the same situation for the next four years. So why should someone be voting in a state where he or she does not live for four years?

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