Home Is Where The Vote Is

Brent Finnegan -- January 28th, 2009

The issue of where college students can and should vote arose in Harrisonburg last fall, and came up again on Sen. Mark Obenshain’s recent survey: “Do you believe that college students whose primary residence is with parents or guardians out of state are entitled to register to vote in Virginia?”

Now Del. John Cosgrove is attempting to answer that question with a bill in General Assembly. HB 1878 proposes changes to voting procedures in Virginia, specifically:

To establish domicile, a person must live in a particular locality with the intention to remain there for an unlimited time. A place of abode is the physical place where a person dwells. The State Board shall promulgate guidelines to assist general registrars with determining a persons residence.

Emphasis mine.

Waldo Jaquith, creator of Richmond Sunlight, commented on the bill:

Del. Cosgrove is apparently seeking to prohibit students from voting in elections at their university. So a student from Fairfax who enrolls in Virginia Tech and lives there for ten years to get her undergraduate, graduate, and doctorate degree would be prohibited from voting there, prevented from deciding who will represent her on the town council.

It’s unclear to me how such a measure would be enforced. Jeremy poses a new question on his blog today: “how will they possibly establish our intent to remain where we live for an unlimited time?”

52 Responses to “Home Is Where The Vote Is”

  1. K12 education is the best. Everyone should look out for it.,;`

  2. Alice Kelly says:

    the best education system is always the K12 education-;’

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