Indiana GOP Lawmaker Wants To Block O...

Indiana GOP Lawmaker Wants To Block Out-Of-State Students

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#1 Feb 6, 2013
Indiana GOP Lawmaker Wants To Block Out-Of-State Students From Voting

Source: The Huffington Post

WASHINGTON -- Indiana lawmakers are debating Wednesday on legislation that would prohibit students who pay out-of-state tuition from voting in the Hoosier State -- and that may be unconstitutional.

The bill, introduced by state Rep. Peggy Mayfield (R-Martinsville), would amend the Indiana Code regarding elections to specify that "a person does not gain residency in a precinct into which the person moves for educational purposes if the person pays a nonresident tuition rate."


Specifically, Rowland said that to obtain in-state tuition -- and, thus, the right to vote under Mayfield's bill -- a student must first be a resident of Indiana for a full year. The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that states cannot set such an extended time barrier to voting, she said.

"The courts, including the Supreme Court in a case from the 1970s, have said very plainly that states cannot create restrictions on obtaining voting residency that are longer than 30 days," Rowland told The Huffington Post. "So 365 days is pretty clearly in violation of that constitutional law."

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