Super Voters Emerge in Robeson County

[Correction: NC’s upcoming special elections are Sept 10 and not Sept 6 as previously reported.]

Aug 25, 2019 (Fayetteville, NC) As the September 10 do-over Congressional election rapidly approaches, Voter Integrity Project has discovered evidence of a registration drive at Pembroke State University that targets super voters and points to an election strategy that will roll out statewide next Fall.

“We refer to college students as ‘super’ voters because of their special privilege that no other voter in all of American society is allowed,” said VIP Founder Jay DeLancy. “They get something called a ‘temporary domicile’ which lets them vote either from their college town or from their home of record.”

Though it contradicts the meaning of “domicile,” NCGS § 163A-842 (12) grants students the special right to claim the college community as the student’s domicile and vote from that address, even if they do not “intend to stay in the college community beyond graduation in order to establish domicile there.”

Students Only

“That rule applies even if the student attends a suitcase college and goes home every weekend, during holidays, and all summer,” said DeLancy. “But that elite privilege only applies to students. Not to their teachers.”

School teachers who remove to a county, municipality, precinct, ward, or other election district in this State for the purpose of teaching in the schools of that county temporarily and with the intention or expectation of returning during vacation periods to live where their parents or other relatives reside in this State and who do not have the intention of becoming residents of the county, municipality, precinct, ward, or other election district to which they have moved to teach, for purposes of registration and voting shall be considered residents of the county, municipality, precinct, ward, or other election district in which their parents or other relatives reside. NCGS § 163A-842 (7)

This special status applies to out-of-state college students as well as to in-state students, which is a problem lawmakers in New Hampshire have struggled to reconcile. Activists caught more than 6,000 students who voted in NH and never got a driver license, registered a car, or paid income taxes in their college’s state. In that election, Democrat Maggie Hassan unseated an incumbent Republican US Senator by 1,017 votes.

The ACLU sued in New Hampshire, claiming that requiring college students to get a state license as a precondition to voting was a ‘poll tax,” he said, “but nobody is stopping them from voting absentee, using their legal home address.”

Flood of Unaffiliated Registrations

“Adding to their super-voter status,” DeLancy said, “they’ve almost exclusively registered as Unaffiliated and I’ve got nothing against college students, but that gives them the chance to mettle in party primaries.”

According to party bylaws (but not state law), both the Democrat and Republican parties allow for “open primaries,” meaning  people registered as “Unaffiliated” can vote in either party’s primary election.

Of the 340 new registrations in Robeson County between August 15 and 23, only 31 registered as Democrat, one Libertarian, nine Republican, and 299 Unaffiliated.

“In 2008, something called ‘Operation Chaos’ encouraged Republicans to switch to Unaffiliated and prolong the Democrat primary effort by voting for Hillary,” said DeLancy. “A good friend told me that it was like letting Baptists elect the Pope.”

Why Robeson?

“The disproportionate number of registrations in Robeson indicates an organized operation,” said VIP Chief Data Analyst, Jerry Reinoehl. “That county had 38 percent of the new voters for the entire district, but it only represents 14 percent of the electorate.”

The impact of college students in North Carolina’s smaller communities cannot be overestimated. As an example, the mountain town of Cullowhee, NC has a population of 5,556, according to one website, but their student enrollment is almost double that number, at 11,134.

“Voter Integrity Project has no desire to disenfranchise any lawful voters and this includes college students,” DeLancy said, “but their overwhelming numbers can give the college administrators and extraordinary voting block that negates the will of the taxpayers in that community.”