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    parental precinct if that home is their "permanent address" and that's where they're registered. Just as members of the military no matter where they live at the moment, usually have a "permanent address" on record (often the parental home) attached to their absentee ballot. Students could vote absentee, but often don't think of it when they could obtain the ballot, or simply WANT to vote where they live most of the time.

    NC's Repuke legislature is wrong to even attempt this. Their justification is apparently the mess created by redistricting when they separated part of Buncombe County (A-ville and environs) to weaken its Democratic legislative strength. Students at Swannanoa College, who use Post Office boxes as mailing address but live on campus on the other side of the highway the redistricters used as a border, were challenged en masse by Repukes trying to toss their votes. When that didn't work as well as they'd hoped, they must have decided they should disenfranchise college students across the board as much as possible.

    If this is successful, I hope all the colleges will offer some real help getting students ready for crossing their t's and dotting their i's for voting. Whether it's from campus or in their home districts. Most colleges don't call extended holidays for general elections, making it very difficult for students to vote physically from parental precincts. Besides, they're far more likely to be excited about more local races affecting them where they live - on campus. None of that affects the amount of support their parents are providing, and it should not affect parents' ability to claim dependents on those terms.

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