To The Daily Sun,
My interest was piqued last week by a letter Steve Earle submitted on this subject and Friday there was another one questioning out-of-state college students voting. I agree with the overall premise that our voting rules need to be reviewed and these two letters have added a new dimension to my thoughts on this.
Every citizen who has the right to vote should be given that opportunity. Out-of-state college students most actively participate during presidential election years, however they should obtain absentee ballots or vote early if they can get home to states with early voting. There are many accommodations to make it easy for everyone to exercise their right to vote. When we have rules that allow for registration the day you vote or do not require proof of residency, college students are able to vote for state and local representatives they have no vested interest in. While it is interesting that Kelly Ayotte lost by so few votes and Maggie Hassan won the college populated counties, these same college students may have helped elect a Republican governor.
Regardless, it is time to review our election/voting rules and make changes that ensure everyone who has the right to vote can do so as easy as possible, that our methods for voting and counting votes cannot be tampered with and that only New Hampshire voters are electing New Hampshire representatives. I don't think this will be easy because some of the things required to accomplish this will have those on the very extreme left crying voter suppression. But I believe it can be accomplished if there is a will to do it.
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