A bill being debated in the N.C. Senate would require in-state university students to either vote using their permanent addresses or force their parents to lose the student as an exemption on the parents’ state taxes.
Senate Bill 667, called the “Equalize Voter Rights” bill, means that East Carolina University students can no longer use their local addresses to vote if their parents want to continue to claim them as state tax exemptions. According to the bill’s text, students must cancel their local voter registrations within 30 days of receiving notification from the Pitt County Board of Elections and re-register using their parents’ addresses.
The bill also requires that if a voter owns a motor vehicle, it must be registered at the same address as the voting address within 60 days. The vehicle also shall be subject to local property tax in the jurisdiction it is registered.
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