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Confused, lazy, and at College

Being an college student out of state might not be a disability per say, but it can feel like one.

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In high school I was active in the voting process, I even worked as a poll worker the first election I was legally allowed to vote. I was connected, registered in the right place, and had my family to guide me if there was a step missing.

Then I went to school.

The first election I missed because I was too slow requesting an absentee ballot. Just like I did for every paper, I put it off until the last minute. Around the second one I was thinking about becoming a RI resident, which would have made the process easy. But I decided I liked my Virginia ID. But the third election, I just didn’t care enough.

Uniform rules and regulation between states would help solve this problem. If it had been easy, I would have been more likely to take time out of my studies to do it. If there was a national ID with which I could have just walked into any voting station, and told them which state I wanted to vote in (with the ID containing the necessary information to confirm that I was eligible to vote where I requested) I would have voted ever single time.

Lazy College kid (LCK) is a pretty debilitation handicap sometimes.

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Photo of Kim Leong

This is a good point - not just for students, but anyone who lives in rented/temporary accommodation. Every vote I have missed has been because I have moved house since the previous election and not re-registered in my new place in time. It reminds me a bit of when you have to register at a new doctors everytime you move - you don't get around to it, until you get sick - and then the last thing you want is to have to go through a long registration process before you can even get an appointment!

Photo of Mamta Gautam

Very true, i know the feeling I was an architecture student and lived in a daze in the hostel ! After that i have never been in my home town, always been shifting places and hence could never follow up with the process of the voting process !

Photo of Paul Reader

Thanks for the honest telling of your story - which must be repeated regularly all over the country.
You mention that a National ID with residency details would be useful - what other purposes could you see for such an ID?