Voting in ND could mean repercussions for students with scholarships

Published: Oct. 18, 2016 at 4:04 PM CDT
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If you’re the parent of a college student in North Dakota with a scholarship, be aware: your student could lose their money just by voting. It all has to do with where they are officially registered as living. And voting elsewhere can be considered changing your residency


“Are you planning to vote? Great! Voting in North Dakota is as easy as pie,” goes on an advertisement from several years ago regarding voting.

Remember those ads? For North Dakota university students, it might not be that easy. If you cast a ballot somewhere other than your registered residence, there’s a chance you could lose any scholarships with residency requirements.

“No I didn't even hear about that I guess I didn't know,” said one NDSU student.

"Oh I was actually not aware that, I mean I'm a North Dakota resident, I live in Minnesota, but I wasn't aware I could potentially lose scholarship money,” said Christopher Bigelow, another student.

Other students Valley News Live spoke with didn’t know about this either. It has to do with requirements like these found in a nursing scholarship: the person must live within 100 miles of Fargo. Casting a vote in a location other than what’s on your driver’s license can be considered as you living in that location. You received this scholarship as you lived within 100 miles of Fargo. Should you vote in say Dickinson, you could be forfeiting those requirements.

A spokesperson for the University System says in ND you have to be a resident for 30 days before voting. Students need to be aware of where they say they’re living and where they’re voting. They add for many students, this is the first time they will be voting too.

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