Groups Insist College Students Can Vote
Three voter groups are urging the Radford registrar to fix a problem that they say will prevent eligible Radford University students from being able to cast ballots Tuesday.
The Brennan Center for Justice, the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and the ACLU of Virginia sent a letter after learning that local election officials have rejected registration applications for students who use their university addresses instead of their parents' home address. They say the affected applications number in the hundreds, if not the thousands.
"We are concerned that there is a pattern across Virginia of arbitrary and unlawful barriers to student voting rights, and this is a particularly bad example of it,'' said Wendy Weiser of the Brennan Center. "Students have a right to vote not only in national elections, but in local elections and on the issues that affect the community where they live."
The letter states that State Board of Elections guidelines indicate that dorm room addresses are acceptable residencies for voting purposes and it encourages the registrar to allow them to cast ballots on Election Day.
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