Some students at Furman University file a lawsuit challenging the Greenville County Board of Voter Registration and Elections rules for voter registration for college students who say that their school address is their legal home.
According to the Greenville News three students filed a lawsuit in Greenville County saying that a policy created by the Greenville County Board of Voter Registration and Elections goes beyond state election law and blocks students who want to register to vote in the location where they live the majority of time throughout the year and where they live during the general election.
Glen Halva-Neubauer, a Furman political science professor who is familiar with the lawsuit said the rule restricts the vote of students for decades and is different from the voter registration rules in many other South Carolina counties.
It claims in the lawsuit students who list an address on the university campus are denied voter registration unless they complete an additional form created by the Greenville County Board of Voter Registration and Elections that includes 11 questions, some of which ask students to list where they hold bank accounts, what off-campus ties they have to the community, where they work and where their vehicle is registered.
The lawsuit alleges that the extra questions creates an undue hardship for students and goes beyond state law. The policy is “peculiar to Greenville County” and the students are treated “as a suspect class” whose sworn testimony on the voter registration applications are discounted.