Student voters in Elizabeth City have become a local force, as is their right under the U.S. Constitution, and the Pasquotank Board of Elections achieved its own local fame in 2013 when it tried to prevent an Elizabeth City college student from running for town office because he lived in a college dorm. The State Board of Elections slapped down that interpretation, and I believe that particular college student went on to win a seat on the town council.
At a recent civic meeting in Elizabeth City, Ms. Hill-Lawrence led a discussion about the need to bar local college students from voting in elections (especially, we assume, elections in which she's running). She was joined in her disdain by the NC House member who represents Pasquotank in the General Assembly, one Robert Steinberg, who was of course an enthusiastic supporter of the Omnibus Voter Suppression Act passed by him and his colleagues that will disallow college-issued photo I.D.s as acceptable identification to vote starting in 2016 (if a federal judge doesn't throw that requirement out).
Yep. We've heard all that toxic condescension before, especially in Boone. The Supreme Court in 1979 heard it too, but the judges ruled nevertheless that college students have a constitutional right to vote where they go to school, and the senior Superior Court judge in Wake County last fall ruled that to collude in blocking that right was an unconstitutional infringement.
We've said it before: Instead of constantly trying to block young voters, candidates like Hill-Lawrence and Steinberg ought to be figuring a way to win their votes.