CITIZEN VOICES® Strong majority favor disqualifying students paying out-of-state tuition from voting – 235 participants

Aug 07, 2017

The issue of out-of-state college students and their right to vote has been the subject of bills nearly every legislative session for the past few years. Read more about this issue. On August 7, Citizens Count, NH’s Live Free or Die Alliance decided to put the issue to its Facebook members, posting the question, “Should students who pay out-of-state tuition at NH universities and colleges be disqualified from voting here?” 

Should out-of-state students be allowed to vote in NH?

Student Vote New Hampshire Citizen Voices Chart

Participation: 235 participants gave 483 responses.

A total of 93% of those participating gave a ‘yes or no’ response to the question. The remaining 7% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a ‘yes or no’ response. In total, 235 individuals from New Hampshire contributed a total of 483 responses or reactions to this question. (Click here for details on our methodology.)

What Participants Said

Yes: A strong majority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 83%, were in favor of disqualifying students who pay out-of-state tuition from voting in New Hampshire.

  • “Yes, they should be disqualified to vote here. They don't have a vested interest in a state they don't permanently live in.”
  • “They should be voting absentee from their home state.”
  • “Yes, they are not residents of NH. Do the drivers licenses they carry say NH or the state they are from?”

No: A minority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 17%, were against disqualifying students who pay out-of-state tuition from voting in New Hampshire.

  • “I want to encourage young people to get out and vote! If they live here while they are in college, they are here more than half of the year. Let's encourage civic participation!”
  • “If you’re living at college, that's where you are living. You should be able to vote where you are currently living.”
  • “No. Why are we making it harder for young adults to participate - because you don't like who they are likely to vote for?”

Other:  As noted above, 7% of those participating did not give a ‘yes or no’ response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues. These included:  

  • Preventing voter fraud: “We need to nationalize voter rolls and revise the process to ensure that all national votes are directly logged into a centralized system.  We have the technology now - it could be done.”
  • Uncertainty: “Not really sure, to be honest.”

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes. 

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