Monday, September 8, 2008

Virginia Tech student-registration guidelines --- good faith effort or bad faith electioneering?

My good friend Rev. Jose in Iceland suspects that this is an attempt to disenfranchise the young voters who've been particularly supportive of Obama. I must admit to being less credulous than Obama's Virginia campaign people when it comes to "good faith" on the part of anybody in U.S. partisan politics.
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Student-registration controversies have been a recurring problem since 1971, when the 26st Amendment lowered the voting age to 18 from 21, and despite a 1979 ruling by the United States Supreme Court that students have the right to register at their college address.
Ms. Jahagirdar said Virginia’s warnings were profoundly misleading.
“What the state Board of Elections has on its Web site, to me, sounds like it is discouraging students from registering at their school address,” said Jon Greenbaum, director of the Voting Rights Project at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.
Kevin Griffis, the Obama campaign’s Virginia spokesman, said the release appeared to be a good-faith effort to convey state guidelines, not a politically motivated effort to stop voting by students.

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