Iowa GOP Considers Bill To Suppress Votes of College Students

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The proposed bill would remove graduating students from the voting roll if they planned to leave the state.

A proposed voting reform bill is currently in progress in Iowa that would purge voting rolls of a group of college students. The bill, reports The Intelligencer, requires all graduating college students to take a survey about their post-graduation plans. If they do not intend to remain in Iowa after graduation, then they are automatically removed from the voting rolls. The bill would also move the poll closing time from 9 pm to 8 pm and mark all voters who miss a presidential election as inactive.

This is not the only voting initiative to emerge from Iowa recently. Attempts to end the lifetime disenfranchisement of those with felony convictions and to ban early voting on public universities have both failed. In other states, college voting has also been a concern, as nine states since 2008 have adopted voter-ID laws that exclude student identification cards.

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