Recent Graduate Testifies before Ohio Senate on Voter-Suppression Measure Affecting College Students

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In an earlier post, “Please Sign Petitions Supporting the Voting Rights of College Students in Ohio and North Carolina” [http://academeblog.org/2013/05/11/please-sign-petitions-supporting-the-voting-rights-of-college-students-in-ohio-and-north-carolina/], I asked readers to sign a petition protesting against an attempt to discourage more than 32,000 out-of-state students attending Ohio universities from casting their ballots in Ohio.

What follows is the testimony of Stuart McIntyre, representing the Ohio Student Association to the Finance Committee of the Ohio Senate on this provision in the state’s budget bill.

OSA

Honorable Chairman Gardner and members of the committee,

My name is Stuart McIntyre.  I am a Columbus native, an Ohio State graduate, and an organizer with the Ohio Student Association.  The Ohio Student Association works with a diverse group of students at a dozen campuses across the state of Ohio to build power for young people so that we can be our own advocates for our social, economic and political well-being.  We…

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About martinkich

I am a Professor of English at Wright State University's Lake Campus, where I have been a faculty member for more than 25 years. I have now served multiple terms as the President of the WSU chapter of AAUP, which now includes all full-time instructional faculty, and as the Vice-President of the Ohio Conference of AAUP. I have also served several terms as an at-large member of the Executive Committee of AAUP's Collective Bargaining Congress. In addition to serving as co-editor of the Academe blog, I am also a member of the editorial board of Academe and have been a guest editor for an issue of the magazine on collective bargaining strategies. As co-chair of the Ohio Conference's Communication Committee, I began to do much more overtly political writing during the campaign to repeal Ohio's Senate Bill 5, which would have eliminated the right of faculty to be unionized. I have sustained that activism, and at the risk of stating the obvious, I have very much enjoyed contributing to the Academe Blog and to our chapter blog. I also maintain several other blogs to which I have re-posted, by topic, my posts to the Academe blog, as well as some other items.

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