College students "foolish" voters?

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College students "foolish" voters?
Wed, 03-09-2011 - 12:45pm

In states, parties clash over voting laws that would affect college students, others

By Peter Wallsten
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, March 7, 2011

"New Hampshire new Republican state House speaker is pretty clear about what he thinks of college kids and how they vote. They're "foolish," Speaker William O'Brien said in a recent speech to a tea party group."

"Voting as a liberal. That's what kids do," he added, his comments taped by a state Democratic Party staffer and posted on YouTube. Students lack "life experience," and "they just vote their feelings."

"New Hampshire House Republicans are pushing for new laws that would prohibit many college students from voting in the state - and effectively keep some from voting at all."

"One bill would permit students to vote in their college towns only if they or their parents had previously established permanent residency there - requiring all others to vote in the states or other New Hampshire towns they come from. Another bill would end Election Day registration, which O'Brien said unleashes swarms of students on polling places, creating opportunities for fraud."

Still, the sponsor of the measure, state Rep. Gregory Sorg, addressing a packed public hearing room late last month, focused his ire directly at the college set.

Average taxpayers in college towns, he said, are having their votes "diluted or entirely canceled by those of a huge, largely monolithic demographic group . . . Composed of people with a dearth of experience and a plethora of the easy self-confidence that only ignorance and inexperience can produce."

Their "youthful idealism," he added, "is focused on remaking the world, with themselves in charge, of course, rather than with the mundane humdrum of local government."

Does your college student vote in their college town?

Mail in an absentee ballot or come home?

What about those living in college towns, do you think the transparency of this will be lost on the college student ?

Will college students find this arrogant or demeaning?

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Registered: 01-05-2005
Wed, 03-09-2011 - 3:16pm

Will college students find this arrogant or demeaning?

Um, yep, because I do! I

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Registered: 04-16-2009
Wed, 03-09-2011 - 8:04pm

Hum, could it be that this gentlemen is more worried about people voting against his party?

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Wed, 03-09-2011 - 9:09pm


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Registered: 10-25-2006
Thu, 03-10-2011 - 7:09pm

Looks like New Hampshire is trying to compete with WI for the "Most Dictatorial State" title. I agree with the three previous posts.


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Registered: 12-23-2006
Fri, 03-11-2011 - 10:10am

For my dd her college town and home town was the same town so that law would not be a issueat all.She made good choices.

I live in a college town where thier is a good size college students.
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