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Groups claim that localities block student voting

The Washington Post reports: ... Their argument reflects a new approach in the push to encourage youthful political participation. Despite the well-publicized efforts by Rock the Vote and other groups, voter turnout among eligible 18-to-24 year olds hit only 32.3 percent in the 2000 presidential election, the lowest point in a decades-long decline, according to U.S. Census data.

Now, some of those groups are identifying the registration policies and voting systems in college towns as part of the problem.

Callahan and others said the resistance to student voters appears to have less to do with party politics than local politics -- officials who don't want short-term and often non-tax-paying residents to hold sway over local matters. But they acknowledged that such trends could affect presidential elections as well, especially in small states with large college towns.

States have varying standards for what qualifies a person to declare a certain place a permanent home for voting purposes. Yet voting-rights advocates allege that many jurisdictions apply different standards to students. -- Vote Policies Impeding Students, Groups Say (washingtonpost.com)


Generally, when there are disputes among states, which affect the rights of the people, the federal goverment steps in and mandates the solution. Why can't their be rules that restrict non-residents to voting in national elections only? I can understand localities wanting the voters dictating local tax issues to be local taxpayers.