Republicans Double Down Against College-age Voters


UPDATED with video.

Not to be outdone by the Republican-led state legislature’s efforts to limit student voting, Watauga County targeted Appalachian State students this week, with Kathleen Campbell, the lone Democrat dissenting:

Amid shouts and boos from an audience of about 60 people, the board — with Campbell’s disapproval — eliminated the early voting site on the ASU campus and recombined the Boone precincts into one with 9,340 registered voters and one polling place.

They also approved a new public comment policy that accepts feedback only in writing and assigned new rules to Board of Elections Director Jane Ann Hodges and employees.

Republicans also looked to further restrict the equal treatment of college-aged voters on the east end of North Carolina, this time at Elizabeth City State University.

Tuesday, the 2-1 Republican-majority on the Pasquotank County Board of Elections voted to disqualify Elizabeth City State University students who live in the country from running for local office. The board ruled that Montravias King, a student at the university who lives on campus, had not established permanent residency. The county’s Republican chairman had challenged King’s eligibility and vowed to challenge the residency of other students in Pasquotank County and around the state — a process made easier under McCrory’s new suppression law.

Someone trolling on Facebook the other day asked why a student with a California driver’s license should be able to vote in North Carolina. Uh, Symm v. United States, 439 U.S. 1105 (1979)?


  1. Phil says:

    I suppose that Scrutiny Holligans will start telling us that North Carolina has to abide by the Constitution of the United States as well as decisions handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court. What kind of nonsense is this?

  2. RHS says:

    Meanwhile, back at the ranch, some McCronie staffers just got big pay raises:

  3. Sure, one 24-yr-old “policy adviser” is worth three teachers. I can see that…

  4. Jeff Mclarty says:

    I can’t help but feel like the real purpose of all this is to get the courts involved in protecting the rights of citizens (read: liberals) so the Regressives can wage war on the courts in the next round.
    It uses up resources that could otherwise be spent running campaigns. It gets public opinion (read: conservatives) against the courts even farther, based on a manufactured issue, and makes room for candidates for elected court seats (what a freaking concept that is) who will promise to take a stand against such shenanigans.
    It has all the irony and Machiavellian hallmarks of a Republican play. Politicizing state courts is already happening.

  5. Of course we know what’s really behind this:

    They are kids voting liberal

  6. N.C.Rohan says: Co-founder of ALEC, Tillis, Moffitt, Board of Directors. Nice

  7. TJ says:

    Found this, or, rather, it found me (via FB):

    Maybe Jeff is right. Or, maybe, it’s just so a group of renegades can declare themselves gods, much as Caesar did… after all, they seem to know what’s “best” for all of us.

  8. N.C.Rohan says: 3 Down, how long till they go after Warren Wilson, UNCA etc.?

  9. They may have overplayed with Robert Knapp’s hamhanded attempt to get Trena Parker fired before the new Board was even seated. The other GOP appointee in the new majority seems a lot more reasonable, and they took no controversial actions in their first meeting:

  10. Andrew says:

    Republicans have gone too far with the voter ID bill. Can’t wait til next election.

  11. Joe Minicozzi says:

    This is pretty interesting fall-out from the Watauga thing. The Winston-Salem paper digs a little deeper than what was in our paper:

  12. And Rachel Maddow thanks them and dissects how truly f***ed up the Watauga BOE is. On Watauga Watch:

    That’s Montreat’s own Bill Aceto on the Watauga BOE, BTW. Son of recently-former MSD Chairman Steve “what’s good for the goose is good for the gander” Aceto, who resigned in June, within days of Bill being named to Watauga’s Board.

    Upon being sworn in, Bill Aceto said,

    …he was “excited to serve” on the elections board to see the democratic process through with “fair and balanced” elections in Watauga County.

    In the future, votes will be tabulated by the local FOX affiliate I guess.

  13. Jeff Mclarty says:

    Is Bill Aceto any relation to our own Steve Aceto, who is neck deep in water issues?

  14. Re-read my post above…

  15. BTW, Romney only carried Watauga County by 800 votes out of 27,000.

  16. Jeff Mclarty says:

    Oh! Son of. I get it. I was going too fast again. Sorry. I’m just gonna hang out over here in the corner for a bit (shuffle shuffle).

  17. TJ says:

    And other voters. I wonder where the first elderly person will be “examined” to see if they are competent to vote?

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    But, an uneducated public and trusting elderly folks are the ones I would think they WANT to vote, rather than those who track politics.

  18. N.C.Rohan says:

    Phil says:
    August 16, 2013 at 10:47 am
    I suppose that Scrutiny Holligans will start telling us that North Carolina has to abide by the Constitution of the United States as well as decisions handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court. What kind of nonsense is this?
    Back to the top. So now thanks to SCOTUS (SCRUDUS?) instead of a State having to prove their laws are not discriminatory, individuals must prove, after the fact, they have been discriminated against. How many students can afford that? And how many election cycles will have passed before they are even heard? Old folks die waiting? Taking advantage of the way the system is set up ensures the desired effect. They can blatantly ignore the Constitution and Court decisions and do whatever they desire. They reject those institutions and historical precedents, so basically, Tough Shit. Just because you’re right doesn’t mean you win. I hate to accept that but it seems that’s where we are. This is the kind of frustration and abuse that could provoke violence, which may be part of the plan—explains the loosening of gun laws in preparation. There’s even a convenient factory to facilitate the hate. Perfect shitstorm.