WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Parents of North Carolina college students could lose a $2,500 tax credit if their child is registered to vote in the community where they attend college.
North Carolina Senate Bill 666 proposes removing the tax exemptions.
It says parents wouldn't be eligible for the tax if their child has changed their principal place of residence by as indicated by the child's voter registration.
College Democrats across the state are fighting the proposed legislation.
Ian Oglesby, who is the spokesperson for the College Democrats, said this would discourage students from registering to vote.
"Never before have we had such a direct attack on the student voice in North Carolina," he said. "It's a backhanded way to suppress student votes."
The legislation also aims to limit early voting to ten days and eliminate early voting sites.
"What I would say to those legislators is that you can't change laws to create the electorate you want," said Oglesby. "That isn't democracy and that isn't American."
The bill was introduced earlier this week. It is currently being reviewed in the Senate's Rules and Operations committee.
Oglesby said students who oppose this measure are planning to call state legislators to urge them to vote against this.
We contacted UNCW's College Republicans for comment; group members haven't responded yet.
Rep. Susi Hamilton (D-New Hanover) is opposed to the legislation. She called it "abuse by the leadership in the General Assembly."
"To restrict parents in working families to a tax break just because a child is registered to vote in another county is unconscionable," she said. "These are working families trying to educate their children."
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