Target: North Carolina State Senate
Goal: Oppose a new bill which adds a tax burden to the parents of college voters
State Rep. Bill Cook (R) of North Carolina has introduced a new bill to the senate: Senate Bill 667 has the misleading name of the “Equalize Voter Rights” bill. Its purpose is actually to remove the tax exemption for dependents who register to vote at another address besides their home address, such as the address of their school.
The bill states: “If the voter is a dependent of the voter’s parent or legal guardian, is 18 years of age or older and the voter has registered at an address other than that of the parent or legal guardian, the parent or legal guardian will not be allowed to claim the voter as a dependent for state income tax purposes.”
Effectively, this bill results in a tax increase for parents of students who register at their schools rather than their home addresses. This is an ironic bill for a member of the supposedly anti-tax Republican Party to introduce. Not only does it undermine the anti-tax ethos of the Republican Party, it seems like simply one more bill in a long line of bills introduced by Republicans which attempt to discourage and penalize the youth vote. Sign this petition to tell the state senate to reject this bill.
Dear State Senate of North Carolina,
Recently, one of your members has introduced a new bill, SB 667. This bill supposedly promises to “equalize” voter rights by removing the right of parents to claim their college-aged children as dependents if those students register at an address besides that of their home address.
On the face of it, this proposed legislation has a logical problem. A student, 18 years of age or older, can register to vote at their college address and still technically be a “dependent” in the sense that many college students are still functionally dependents who go home to their parents on weekends and have not fully moved out and acquired full time jobs yet. College is, as we all know, a transitional state. It makes little sense to prevent parents from claiming these students as dependents simply because they are registering at their schools.
Secondly, the Republican Party has long decried tax increases and emphasized itself as the anti-tax party, as opposed to the Democrats. This bill directly contradicts this talking point of the party, insofar as it raises taxes for parents of college-aged voters who register elsewhere. Republicans frequently support tax breaks for businessmen and businesswomen; why shouldn’t we support tax breaks for parents with dependent, college-aged students? These parents and students should not be penalized for the students’ choices to be responsible citizens in exercising their right to vote. Please reject this bill.
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