The hardships of absentee voting in college

The Hofstra Chronicle,  November 7, 2018

Over half the population of undergraduate students at Hofstra University are out-of-state residents and many are not able to vote in person at their states’ upcoming midterm elections. Absentee voting is the go-to for most students; however, the process varies from state to state, often creating confusion and presenting barriers for students wanting to vote. ...

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, “In 20 states, an excuse is required, while 27 states and the District of Columbia permit any qualified voter to vote absentee without offering an excuse.” Some states, such as Arkansas, Kansas, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas, have stricter rules that require a copy of the voter’s ID or social security number in the application to receive a ballot. Other states necessitate that a first-time voter must vote in person; Louisiana makes an exception to the first-time rule for students, but they have to submit a copy of their student ID or fee bill with the request. Many college students are first-time voters and may not have the means to go back home to vote if they have to do it in person.

By Aoife Maher-Ryan and Jesse Lindell

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