volsi wrote: nowinGA wrote:
volsi wrote:Do you guys know anything about voting absentee and how it works?
I'll be living in DC all 3 years at Georgetown, but I plan to come back to NY after I graduate (though who knows). When I change my mailing address, do I have to change my voting registration? I kind of don't want to lose my chance to vote for Senate, House, City Council. I'm happy to vote absentee, but it seems after 3 years I'll definitely have DC residency.
I stayed in state for undergrad, so I didn't have this problem before.
Not at all. I was a MN resident and lived in NYC for years (after college)...just don't change your driver's license. It is as simple as that. You are the only one that can make you have DC residency. It was important to me to vote in MN...so I did it for the same reason.
Edit: This is all assuming you still have a permanent address in NY.
Thanks for that info. I thought it was so, but I wasn't sure.
The permanent address: Well, I am not sure if I do. I've been living at my current apartment for 3 years, but after I move out I don't know if my current roommate will stay. Our friendship isn't what it was, so I am not sure I could reliably get mail from her. My father lives in NY, but I haven't had anything addressed to his home since I was 17. He might be moving as well. Once I leave, my permanent address will actually be in DC.
That might be tougher, I am not sure. I just always have my mom's house as my permanent address...even though I have not lived there since 1997. That said, I do get mail there, have that address in documents, etc., so if I was asked to prove it, I would be able to. I don't think you will have a problem unless you were trying to do something where you needed to prove your residency. (e.g. a discrepancy on your taxes, you are buying property, etc.) If I were you, I would change your NY State license to your dad's address...even though he might move.
If, as you say, your permanent address is in DC, then I think you do have to vote there. I use permanent as a technical (and not literal) term. If you can keep a pseudo permanent address in NY State, then you will be in better shape.
This is just my opinion based on my experience...I am no expert!