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Akron council opposes tuition amendment

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: May 14, 2013

Akron City Council passed a resolution objecting to an amendment to the state budget that would prohibit public universities from charging out-of-state to tuition if the university provides students with documentation that can be used as voter identification.

Democrats, including state Rep. Kathleen Clyde of Kent, are opposed to the provision, which they say is aimed at curbing the youth vote, which often tips Democratic. Republicans say the measure is intended to provide students with cheaper tuition.

Universities can currently provide students with documentation, such as a utility bill, after they've lived in Ohio for 30 days that can be used as identification for voting.

"This is just a suppressive tactic to reduce the voting of young people," said Akron Councilwoman Linda Omobien. "It has no place in the state of Ohio."

She encouraged Akron residents to call or email their representatives and senators in Columbus and Gov. John Kasich, urging them to strip this amendment from the state budget.



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