Where Should College Students Register to Vote?

By: Jamie Edmonds Email
By: Jamie Edmonds Email

There are plenty of firsts for college freshman when they hit campus, and sometimes the eligibility to vote for the first time is forgotten.

"Someone was basically going door to door around the dorms," MSU Junior Hilary McCown said of her freshman year. "They knocked on my door and asked if I wanted to register to vote, and I said yes."

But in a presidential election year, those who register voters certainly know where to go.

"They made it pretty easy," MSU Junior Dywain Betts said. "I was just walking down Grand River and they were standing there with their clip boards."

But since the 26th Amendment lowered the voting age from 21 to 18, controversy has surrounded the collegiate voter, especially in swing states.

Here in Michigan...

"The motor voter law says you have to register to vote where you live," East Lansing City Clerk Nicole Evans said. "If they plan to vote here in East Lansing, they need to register here."

And Evans said many MSU students do.

"We're expecting at least 6,000 new registrants," she said.

But questions remain... If students register to vote with their campus address, will that change their parent's tax returns or health insurance information?

According to the state of Michigan, the answer to both is no.

But, registering to vote on campus could change your Michigan driver's license address and could, depending on your insurance, change your car or life insurance status.

The deadline to register to vote is October 6th, Evans expects a lot more college students to register before then.

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  • by James Location: Stockbridge on Sep 9, 2008 at 05:30 AM
    These students can ask for absentee ballots from their home residence.
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