Why do the Republicans feel a need to engage in such shady voter intimidation schemes year after year? Why are they so afraid of letting people go to the polls and choosing whichever candidates they prefer, free from interference with their right to vote?
This election cycle seems to be fraught with the idea of voter fraud. The idea that thousands of unregistered or wrongly registered voters would stuff the ballot box and sway the electoral college away from a "true" winner.
Even if they do know of the issue, they quickly brush it off using various ideas to ease their consciences. That they feel they aren't full members of Alamance County may be one reason; the fact that their permanent addresses are in another state could be another.
While this year we have seen setbacks in several states, we also have seen citizens standing up against attempts to make voting more difficult. We can take the lessons we have learned this year and come out battling in 2012 against these efforts to stop the vote for political gain.
Under-voting among youth is a chronic problem. Colleges and universities can help students get to the polls by institutionalizing practices to further educate, register and mobilize students to participate in elections.
Why, in 2011, would New Hampshire legislators find it pressing to restrict the voting rights of students, ignoring established constitutional principles in the process? Well, for one, it's a partisan thing.