Student Voters: Grow Up

by Linda Swenberg | 11/4/04 6:00am

To the Editor:

I just got done reading the article about a Republican pamphlet that attempted to dissuade students from voting (The Dartmouth, "Pamphleteers dissuade students from voting," November 2).

From the article, it appears that the pamphlet simply made it clear to students that the changing of a legal residence should not be taken lightly.

I have another take on it. It is amazing to me that college students continue to want everything to come easily to them.

What's the big deal?

The New Hampshire Secretary of State's website clearly states that none of the possible repercussions of changing your legal domicile should dissuade you from voting, but you must make your own choices regarding personal matters.

If your vote in New Hampshire is important to you, change your legal address and understand and deal with the repercussions.

If you want to vote as a New Hampshire citizen, then be prepared to become a law-abiding New Hampshire citizen. Change your vehicle registration, file a New Hampshire tax return (if required), inform your insurance companies, do everything else required of you, but you'd better do the research yourself to find out what is required and don't take anyone else's word for it. If you don't want to be a New Hampshire citizen, vote in the state where you claim legal residence as an absentee voter.

Grow up already and understand all your responsibilities as an adult. If you want to vote like a grown-up, then act like a grown-up.

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