New voting restrictions in Texas and North Carolina are specifically targeting college students and the Millennial generation. Is the GOP violating voting rights based on age? That would be age discrimination and it should outrage young Progressives, Liberals, Conservatives, Republicans, Democrats, Independents and Libertarians.
The new laws create a dilemma for the Republicans. The GOP ramps up youth outreach efforts while at the same time making it harder for the Millennial Generation to vote. According to Politico, a New Hampshire measure that ultimately failed earlier this year stoked Democratic concerns about the law’s true intentions. The law would have ended same-day registration and prohibited most college students from voting from their school addresses. New Hampshire House Speaker William O’Brien, a Republican, told a tea party group that allowing people to register and vote on Election Day led to “the kids coming out of the schools and basically doing what I did when I was a kid, which is voting as a liberal. That’s what kids do — they don’t have life experience, and they just vote their feelings.”
So what the Republican Party is saying is that the Millennials are lemmings without a mind of their own and should not have the right to vote because they may vote their interest and for issues that might affect them like “Student Loan” interest rates, online privacy, Women’s health, jobs and the economy?! This paternal attitude is condescending and dismissive; these “KIDS” are the same “KIDS” that we put in harm’s way to defend our Country. Their right to vote should be sacrosanct.
In North Carolina the new voter laws would even penalize the parents of students. Republicans are also pushing a bill to raise taxes on families with college students who choose to vote at school rather than at home, effectively discouraging college students from voting. A bill to raise taxes? I thought the GOP didn’t like to raise taxes? Where is the outrage over these new taxes from Grover Norquist and the Tea Party?
In Texas, The strict photo ID requirement blocked by the DOJ and a federal court would require Texans to show one of a very narrow list of voter ID’s would be acceptable. Expired gun licenses from other states are considered valid, but Social Security cards and student IDs are not. The law specifically “targeting” student that live away from home in College and University dormitories.
In an article in the Huffington Post, “Voter ID Laws Take Aim at College-Student Voters”, “In Tennessee, a new law requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls explicitly excludes student IDs. In Wisconsin, college students are newly disallowed from using university-provided housing lists or corroboration from other students to verify their residence. Florida’s reduction in early voting days is expected to reduce the number of young and first-time voters there. And Pennsylvania’s voter identification bill, still on the books for now, disallows many student IDs and non-Pennsylvania driver’s licenses, which means out-of-state students may be turned away at the polls. In 2008, youth voter turnout was higher that it had been since Vietnam, and overwhelmingly for Barack Obama. This time around, the GOP isn’t counting solely on disillusionment to keep the student vote down.”
It seems that void of any new ideas or solutions to the issues that face America, the Republican Party is mired in the politics of the 19th and 20th century. The Millennials are faced with an uncertain future with regard to the environment, economy, healthcare, retirement, wages, globalism, technology, science and resources in the 21st Century. The aging and sunsetting conservative Boomers can only offer the “Up & Coming” generation empty dogmatic rhetoric and the same failed “free market, trickle down” garbage that created a lower standard of living for the Middle Class and the worst income inequality since the Gilded Age. Without “NEW” and “FRESH” ideas all the GOP has left strategically is to game and rig our democracy, suppress the votes of the Millennials, Women, African Americans, Latinos, Asians, Seniors and students, to remain relevant in a world that is quickly and surely leaving them behind…