Rightists deprive youth of voting rights
Published Oct 9, 2008 8:58 PM
So many young people depend on financial aid to go to college. Many other young
people depend on the tax benefits of being claimed as a dependent on their
parents’ tax return.
Recently, in attempts to stifle the voice of the young, voting officials have
threatened to take these things away from young people if they dare to
Falsely claiming that students can only vote in the area where their parents
reside, not where they attend college, these harsh threats were made to college
students in Virginia and Colorado.
They were made because all data point to the fact that young people, who have
so much at risk with the current financial system, are going to be voting
strongly in favor of Barack Obama’s candidacy for president.
As universities are loaded with young people being politically active for the
first time, registering people to vote, debating the issues and such, the
strategy of the right-wing Republican Party has been to disenfranchise these
young people. The rightists must believe it is impossible to win the support of
Only time will tell whether 2008 is a repeat of 2000 and 2004. In 2000
Republicans targeted Black people for disenfranchisement. A false list of
felons prevented thousands from voting in Florida, some of them even being
dragged away from the polling places by police. It was clear in 2000 that a
large majority of Black people would vote for the Democrat Al Gore and against
In 2008, with harsh lying threats of losing financial aid, it looks as if the
Republican Party aims to rob youth of what civil rights marchers fought and
some died for, the right to vote. This right is again being threatened by the
rules regarding student voting in some states.
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