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  •  Good grief. o.O (2+ / 0-)
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    MidwestTreeHugger, blukat

    Okay but seriously -- what is the ostensible purpose of this bill? What's their cover story about how this is a useful thing?

    •  Here's a quote from the article ... (4+ / 0-)
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      bear83, irmaly, Audri, Cassandra Waites
      Jay DeLancy of the NC Voter Integrity Project also voiced support for the student voting restrictions, citing a case in which college students in Buncombe County changed the outcome of a race for a county commission seat in 2012.

      "That race showed how easily college students can be manipulated like pawns," DeLancy said in a press release. "These bills will protect students from such abuse."

      In other words, college students shouldn't be allowed to vote because they are too gullible.

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      by davehouck on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 07:31:39 PM PDT

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      •  I'm in Buncombe. (3+ / 0-)
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        davehouck, Audri, Cassandra Waites

        The reason those college students swayed that election was because of a botched gerrymander. The state GOP drew the lines in such a way as to cut the campus of Warren Wilson College in half.

        The local GOP had no problem with those students voting as long as all they could do was pad the margins in a safe Democratic district. Once they learned Warren Wilson students might actually deprive them of a majority on the county commission, all hell broke loose.

        •  One other thing - (2+ / 0-)
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          davehouck, Cassandra Waites

          WWC is a private school with a national reputation. I'd be ready to bet that at least 50% of the student body comes from out of state, and so wouldn't be affected by this legislation at all.

          Similarly, taking UNC students out of Chapel Hill, or Duke students (a surprisingly small percentage of whom are from in state) out of Durham isn't going to do a damn thing to election results in Orange or Durham counties.

          Frankly, it's much more likely that forcing students to vote from home will upset the math on which the 2010 gerrymander was based.

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