9.09.2004

This just in from the Feminist Majority Foundation:

"You won't believe what has just happened in Arizona. A local Arizona Fox News reporter said that the University of Arizona Network of Feminist Student Activists (an affiliate of the Feminist Majority Foundation) might be committing an 'unintentional felony' by registering out-of-state students to vote in Arizona. The feminist group was singled out at a student voter registration fair at the University of Arizona.

Even worse, the Fox reporter interviewed an official with the Pima County Recorder's office, Chris Rhodes, who was quoted on-camera as saying that if students are 'only here to attend school and their intention is to immediately return to where they came from when school is over then they are not residents of the state of Arizona for voting purposes and they cannot register to vote here.' He erroneously stated that students would be committing a 'felony offense' if they lied about their residency status.

No wonder college students are under-registered and under-voting! It's not apathy – it is erroneous and misleading information often designed to suppress student voting.

The Arizona County Recorder official could not be more wrong. The Twenty-Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution lowered the voting age to 18. Voting is a federal right, and the rights of students to register to vote where they attend college is guaranteed by federal law in federal elections. The U.S. Supreme Court has expressly ruled that college communities must allow students to register to vote there (US v Symm) and the Federal Voting Rights Act prohibits states from imposing 'durational residency requirements.'"

Help the Feminist Majority Foundation Get Out Her Vote.

--Elizabeth
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