This piece is getting lots of pouting knowing nods from liberals, but it is stupid on stilts.
Long story short — a guy goes to school in Tennessee, but keeps all the perks of being a taxpaying Georgia resident and gets upset that Tennessee won’t let him vote there. Boo-freaking-hoo.
Just read this part:
My wife and I were the a strange situation of being young and married, but still somewhat financially dependent on our parents. Our vehicles were registered in our parents’ names, and we had Georgia driver’s licenses. Registering the vehicles in Tennessee would have incurred a pretty significant tax burden, and getting a Tennessee driver’s license, we were led to believe by our insurance agents, would be a problem for us to since then we’d be listed as drivers on our parents’ cars without Georgia licenses. So we were in this space where we feared losing our transportation or having to incur a significant financial burden if we tried to get Tennessee driver’s licenses. By the time we figured this out, it would have cost hundreds of dollars to rush a passport just for the purposes of voting.
So they’re registered to vote in Tennessee, but they never gave up their entanglements to Georgia.
This is Americana 101: states matter. They are not administrative subdivisions of Washington, DC. If you bind yourself to a state, you have to take affirmative actions to move your citizenship from one state to another. Just showing up and claiming you’re now a resident of the new state does not cut it.
It sounds like parental subsidy was more important than voting and that’s a perfectly valid position. But this guy wants to have both and he cannot and he should have known better.