So much for claims that there is no vote fraud
School Sends Blank Utility Bills To Help Students Vote
Friday, Feb 29, 2008 - 03:20 PM
By Associated Press
OBERLIN, Ohio -- Oberlin College has come up with a creative way for students from out of state to show they reside in Ohio, so they can vote.
The college in northern Ohio is sending out dummy utility bills to dorm residents. There are no charges for students to pay for their phone and high-speed Internet connections, but there's a bold-faced note at the bottom saying the statement can serve as proof of ID at a polling place.
The arrangement got a blessing from the state's top election official.
Colin Koffel from Madison, Wis., says he and other out-of-state students at Oberlin were frustrated when the state's new voter ID requirements took effect in 2006. But he says they can now register to vote and go to the polls without jumping through complex hoops.
UPDATE: Some have claimed in the comments that the school's policy is just "a creative solution" to help legitimate voters vote. The problem is that most people who get utility bills really do have Ohio as their state of residence. Students are different. At a school like Oberlin (a private school), my guess is that the vast majority of students are from out of state and have kept their residency in their home states. If they had gone through the process of getting a driver's license and other things to change their residency, they wouldn't need to have this utility bill to vote. For those whose residency is in another state, these utility bills makes fraud much easier in that they can easily vote in two states, but even if they are not doing that, they are still not legally able to vote.