The AZ Student Association held a rally on NAU’s campus to protest House Bill 2461, a bill aimed at college students. The bill in question was introduced by Flagstaff State Representative Bob Thorpe with the intention of redefining residency to exclude dormitories or temporary addresses. Kyle Nitschke, the Arizona Student Association president and organizer of the rally, said that he sees this as a form of voter suppression.
Flagstaff’s Vice Mayor Adam Shimoni said that this violates the rights of the students. The bill has since died, but Shimoni warned of a potential return, as it is not uncommon for bills like this one to resurface. Shimoni and Nischke agree that students need to remain vigilant and unite to protect their right to vote. We reached out to Rep. Thorpe for comment but have not heard back from him.
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