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10/3/2008 11:10:00 PM
Out-of-state college students can register to vote in Arizona

PRESCOTT - To vote in Arizona, one must be a U.S. citizen, at least 18 years of age and a resident at least 29 days before Election Day.

Young adults who came to Arizona to attend college have two options: request an absentee ballot from their home state or register to vote in Arizona.

Students need only an Arizona driver's license or two other types of proof of residency to register to vote. Proof of residency includes a utility bill or checking account statement.

Yavapai County Recorder Ana Wayman-Trujillo said state law makes no distinction between college students or other people registering to vote.

The law, she said, requires people to establish residency 29 days before the election "with the intent to stay."

The Arizona Public Interest Research Group, in cooperation with Arizona Student Vote Coalition, is working to "get young people registered and to the polls in November," said PIRG representative Alex Nelson.

Nelson visited Prescott College Tuesday morning. He met with State Representative Andy Tobin and Student Trustee Emma Howland-Bolton to encourage student voting.

Nelson said the coalition is "working to turn around the declining participation in the election process by young adults since 1972 when 18-year-olds got the right to vote."

The 2004 Presidential Election saw the worst turnout of young voters, Nelson said. He said at that time young voters indicated that they didn't vote because "their vote didn't matter; they did not have time or were not informed enough about the issues; or they did not meet the registration deadline."

"When people start voting as young adults, they continue to vote throughout their lifetime," Nelson said. "We want them to be engaged in the elections."

Howland-Bolton said Prescott College student involvement in getting young adults to vote began as individual efforts. She added that the college offers an open stream of election debates.

Student Allison Trowbridge said it is hard for students from out of state to decide where to vote - at home or Arizona - and to keep informed about all the hometown issues.

Tobin said it is especially critical for young people to get out and vote. He said the country is facing a lot of money and security issues that directly affect young people.

"It is more important than ever that young adults tell elected officials their priorities. I was happy to sign on to the Student Vote Coalition. The energy of youth is critical to the election process," Tobin said.

Nelson said the goal is to register 10,000 students and have 20,000 peer-to-peer contacts, thus making it more likely young adults go to the polls.

College students have until 5 p.m. Monday to register to vote.

Nelson said students could register or request absentee ballots from every state at

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Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, October 05, 2008
Article comment by: Shoe is on the OTHER foot

Back in the 1950's LBJ got legislation passed to prevent "tax exempt" Churches from uttering political preferences from the pulpit. It fit his need at the time. HOWEVER, "tax exempt" schools rampantly spew political choice into the easily influenced minds of the youngsters inhering grades may be attached to their voting ideology.

Posted: Saturday, October 04, 2008
Article comment by: Abe

As a future AZ resident, and refugee from a liberal Midwestern state, I am saddened to learn that, like my home state, AZ has opened the door to voter fraud. We all know who is behind these laws, because we all know for whom most youngsters vote for. It is a problem, to be sure in national elections. But, where it really binds hard is in local elections, especially school bonds, and tax referenda! Here today, gone tomorrow, and you, Mr. Taxpayer, are left holding the bag!

Posted: Saturday, October 04, 2008
Article comment by: peacenik

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Posted: Saturday, October 04, 2008
Article comment by: Anonymous

"Young adults who came to Arizona to attend college have two options: request an absentee ballot from their home state or register to vote in Arizona" or maybe both. Not that any Prescott College hippie would or could vote both in AZ, and their home state. Full Time AZ students from out of state don't have to swap out their vehicle registration plates or driver's license. They can keep their California ID's, and residency at home, vote absentee there, then register here in Yavapai County, and vote here in Arizona too: w00t!!!!! Why not encourage full blown voter fraud, and let's allow the dead to register and vote here too: Welcome to Cook County, Illinois. Now that I know my Arizona vote will be nulified by someone holding credentials from out of state, I don't have to bother even voting in the first place. Thanks Anna

Posted: Saturday, October 04, 2008
Article comment by: John Lutes

Why would the Courier wait till the very last day to register to publish this information?

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