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Bill Would Keep Out-Of-State Students From Voting In Indiana

Rep. Peggy Mayfield (R-Martinsville) says the bill will help elevate residency guidelines.

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.

  • http://www.facebook.com/miriamjwoods Miriam J. Woods

    I’m registered to vote in Indiana, have lived here since 2009, and am considered out-of-state by IU. I have an Indiana driver’s license, file my taxes in Indiana, and don’t have residency or the possibility of it in any other state. So if this bill were passed into law, I would… not get to vote?

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