rberq wrote: For example, take a student from Kansas attending college in Colorado. Should he be allowed to vote in a federal election?
A far a students go I don't think they should be voting in the district where the school is but instead where they live.They can vote by absentee ballot. I'm not sure how you go about determining "student status" and it would open a can of worms. The only reason I say that is an issue arose a few years back about the local arena and public funding. It went up for a vote in the local election and those supporting the arena were courting the college students, those people will be long gone and the community is stuck with the bill.
His driver's license is from Kansas. He can't show a Colorado tax bill or electric bill or pay slip. So if those are the acceptable forms of ID in Colorado, his choice is to travel back to Kansas to vote, or to not vote. It is pretty obvious, from some GOP-backed regulations, that the intent is exactly that: to keep college students from voting.
I don't know about the rest of the states but here in PA ID from a College/University is acceptable as is one from long term health care facility. One of the issues is it needs an expiration date which some don't have so those facilities will have to accommodate the students and elderly with new ID. There is other forms of acceptable ID like military, any government ID. There is even a form I saw for indigent voters with no home. If you fail to produce ID in November you can still vote with provisional ballot but will have to produce valid ID in 6 or 10 days. I forget which.
The law here was passed in March. They requested ID in the primary but it wasn't required to vote. It's had a massive amount of news coverage and they sent letters to every registered voter without a corresponding PA ID. At this point in time you'd have to live under a rock to not know what the law is.
The argument is specious at best, how can you possibly not have ID considering the many things you need it for?