A house bill proposed this week could cost students paying out-of-state tuition their vote.
Representative Peggy Mayfield (R-Martinsville) says the provisions in her proposed bill are intended to bring to light the bigger issue of residency.
“I got your attention by talking about students. But what I really want to do is get your attention on the underlying problem, and it’s not limited to students,” she says.
Mayfield says the purpose of the bill is to reevaluate residency guidelines for all Hoosiers. She also wants to help students better understand the most appropriate location to register to vote.
“You need to vote where it’s most appropriate, not just where you happen to be standing on Election Day,” Mayfield says.
Indiana University College Democrats President Aaron Dy attended the hearing for the bill this week and says he is concerned that student voters will be disenfranchised.
“On the face of it, it’s wrong and shouldn’t be passed,” he says. “Not that you would need to clearly define who is a student and when a student becomes a resident. But that absolutely students are residents and it’s ridiculous to bring it up.”
Mayfield will continue to work to revise the language of the bill before it’s expected to be heard again in committee next week.