Flagstaff Rep. Thorpe targets student, ‘snowbird’ voting changes in proposal

Rep. Bob Thorpe

By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via Arizona Daily Sun

A veteran lawmaker is making another bid at blocking students from voting where they go to school. The proposal by Rep. Bob Thorpe, R-Flagstaff, would create an exception to existing law that says someone is a resident for voting purposes based on actual physical presence “with an intent to remain.”

HB 2461 would spell out that anyone who is living in a dormitory “or other temporary college or university address” is presumed to be there only temporarily and is there “with intent to return to some other permanent address.”

A separate provision actually could have even more far-reaching implications.

It would ban the use of any address “at which the individual does not intend to reside for 12 months of each year.” And that, in turn, could create problems for people who consider Arizona their home but may spend several months a year elsewhere.

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