The ongoing debate about who gets a vote in New Hampshire has found its way into the pages of the Boston Globe. The issue is the law versus the lawsuit. But it was the headline that caught my eye. “Ahead of N.H. primary, new voter residency requirements lead to confusion on campus.”
There’s confusion everywhere, it seems. Among candidates, poll workers, and of course, students.
As students grapple with the choice of voting in their original home states or in New Hampshire, the new law has prompted widespread confusion over who can cast ballots, as Democrats, Republicans, and state agencies have offered different interpretations on the law’s impact.
I’m not sure why it is so difficult.
- If you are paying out of state tuition, you don’t live here and should vote an absentee ballot in your home state.
- Your ID other than that issued by the college has a picture of someone who looks like you. You need it to cash a check, buy alcohol, get into clubs, a dozen other things. The state that issued it is where you vote.
- If the legal address you give the police when arrested is not in New Hampshire (it’s the one on your state-issued ID), you don’t live here.
If getting a driver’s license to vote is a poll tax, everyone in the nation is being forced to pay it. You and I, anyone who moved here and got a License – because they fine you if you have and don’t – have been paying it for years.
The only honest outcome from a lawsuit that says that is a poll tax would be to eliminate the fee entirely.
Imagine the look on Democrat faces when a judge says the state can’t use licenses as a revenue stream? How much money is that?
We also know that you can vote from a college campus in one state via absentee ballot to the state you live in when not at College. And isn’t that the solution to the question of voting rights?
You have the right to vote, just not in any state in which you don’t actually live. That includes people who live somewhere else and happen to be here on the day of an election.
| Boston Globe (Paywall)