Out-of-state students vote in Iowa Caucus

01/03/08 Mitch E. Perry
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One of the big questions that could affect tonight’s Democratic Caucus is how many students from out of the state of Iowa will participate.

Iowa election law allows out-of-state students who attend schools in Iowa to vote tonight, as long as they are not registered elsewhere.

This could affect Barack Obama, whose theme of "change" has drawn many college students and other young people to his candidacy. Obama's camp has been openly encouraging out-of-state students in Iowa to come back from winter break and vote.

Last month, Des Moines Register political columnist David Yepsen wrote that "maybe we should call these the Illinois Caucuses" because “zealous” out-of-staters, including campaign aides," could skew the results.

Rick Hasen is a professor at the Loyola School of Law in Los Angeles. He also writes a blog on election law at electionlawlblog.org.

WMNF spoke to him today about Iowa’s unique law, and the criticism of it.

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