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Prairie View A&M the Site of the Battle for Student Voting Rights Once Again

Blog Author: 
Julia Ross, CVP Intern
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Last week Priscilla Barbour, a student leader at Prairie View A&M in Waller County, TX sent a letter to her secretary of state, John Steen, asserting that Waller County’s failure to put a polling location on their campus was a violation of the Voting Rights Act. If you have worked on campus mobilization efforts or have struggled to get to an off-campus polling location you can understand the significance of Ms. Barbour’s action. 

Voter ID Laws Putting the Brakes on Student Voters Who Wait to Get License

Blog Author: 
Julia Ross, CVP Intern
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On long car trips as a child, I remember my mom telling stories about when she learned to drive. Listening to those stories from the back seat, I was glad Mom’s driving abilities seemed to have improved since 1984. My mom grew up in central Kentucky, so getting her license meant she could get a part-time job in town and see more of her friends on the weekends. She relished the freedom she felt as she drove to work each day, listening to whatever she wanted on the radio. It was her first step toward becoming an independent adult.

North Carolina seeks to keep Blue Devils and others out of the polls

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Julia Ross
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College students in general are a pretty fortunate crowd. Yet, because  it is common for students to have limited access to cars or public transport, limited real control over their schedules, and frequent changes of address, even while remaining in the same community, their access to elections is often similar to that of members of underserved communities and minority groups.

Students Put Party Differences Aside in Voter ID Battle. Will NH Legislature Follow Suit?

Blog Author: 
Kristen Muthig

The battle to keep student IDs as an acceptable form of voter ID in New Hampshire has united students from both political parties. Young Democrat and Republican leaders have cosigned a letter to New Hampshire state senators urging them to alter their current course of action and explicitly list student IDs for private and state colleges as acceptable forms of voter ID.

NY Students Win Settlement to Right a Voter Registration Wrong

Blog Author: 
Kristen Muthig

College students in Dutchess County, New York successfully stopped an attack on the rights of student voters in their community. Four students from Marist College, Bard College, and the Culinary Institute of America filed a federal class action lawsuit last year to protect their right to vote in the November 2012 general election.

New Hampshire Amendments Create Barriers for Student Voters

Blog Author: 
Dan Vicuna

Some members of New Hampshire’s Senate Public and Municipal Affairs Committee are attempting to gut bills designed to minimize the damage done to student voting rights by the last legislature.

Ohio House Republicans Sneak Student Voting Barrier into Massive Budget Bill

Blog Author: 
Dan Vicuna

Republicans in the Ohio House of Representatives included potentially unconstitutional language in a substitute budget bill designed to make it more difficult for students attending Ohio colleges to vote in their college communities. The language would require any public college or university that issues a letter or utility bill to a student for voter ID purposes to charge that student in-state tuition.

CVP Story of the Day - Jan. 23

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Erica Evans
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The Daily Tar Heel strikes again! This piece on what the Presidential Commission on Election Administration's recommendations mean for North Carolina voting laws is great! If only we'd thought of it first, you might've caught something similar on the FELN blog. Good work!

N.C. voting laws vs. Obama commission recommendations

By Eric Garcia

CVP Story of the Day - Jan. 9

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Erica Evans
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Hey there loyal readers, it's been a minute since we've posted a CVP Story of the Day, huh? Luckily, the spring semester has started and the talented reporters of student papers nationwide are back in the game. Check out today's featured piece from The Daily Tar Heel.

Free ID card made available for Voters

by Claire Williams

CVP Story of the Day - Oct. 29

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Erica Evans
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Go home Kansas, you're drunk.

It may be a bit hard to follow Kansas' up and down voting headlines as of late, but today's story of the day from the K-State Collegian perfectly explains at least one of the state's current controversies:

Kansas files lawsuit to change federal voter registration form

By Shelton Burch