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Voting Hurdles Often Keep College Students Away From the Ballot Box
08/26/16 |
Publication Date: 
Friday, August 26, 2016 - 00:00

[H]urdles including proof of residency, absentee ballot use and voter identification...tend to disproportionately affect college students because so many students travel out of state for college. ...

Nine states never accept student IDs, and 21 others only accept them if they meet certain criteria such as an address or expiration date.

Why is this a problem? One University of Michigan study indicated that the number of people getting a driver's license — the most common form of accepted ID at the polls — has declined. In fact, many in younger generations have said they never plan on getting a license. They're too busy. It's too expensive to own a car. They can catch a ride from others, according to another University of Michigan study. 

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