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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23,
Clerk Explains Voting Laws
are qualified voters can and
should vote somewhere in the
The problem then arises of who
is and who isn't a qualified voter.
To qualify, one must be 21 years
of age on or before November 8th;
he must be a citizen of the United
States and he must reside within
one of the 50 states. Beyond this,
various minor restrictions, such
as literacy test and poll taxes, are
at local option and few in number.
When qualification is affirmed,
the prospective voter is required
in most states to register with his
local township or city clerk.
In Ann Arbor, however, the
situation is complicated by the
fact that students of voting age
spend the greater part of the year
in Ann Arbor, away from their
place of residence. The question
then becomes one of whether Ann
Arbor is their permanent resi-
The Michigan election is most
specific: "The mere presence of
a student at the place where an
institution of learning is situated
is not sufficient to entitle him
to vote there. Whether a residence
for voting purposes has been ac-
quired depends largely upon the
intention of the student and in
some states, upon the construction
of constitutional provisions.
"It is firmly established that a
voting residence is not acquired
by one who, even though eman-
cipated from his parents, resides
in a place for no other purpose
than that of securing an educa-
tion, intending to return to his
former home aftr graduation .. .
"On the other hand, a residence
for voting purposes may be ac-
quired where it is manifest that
the student does not intend to
return home, but intends to. (re-
side there or is uncertain of his
future residence) . ."
In fact, most state constitutions
provide that a student does not
lose his home residence as long1
as he attends college, will qualify
in their own home states. (Notable
exceptions: Alabama, Georgia,
Louisiana and South Carolina.) .
Absentee voting is simple. The
voter registers, either in person
or by mail, with his township1
clerk and then applies for an
absentee ballot. The clerk in-
cludes the application in the poll
list and mails the voter a ballot1
shortly before the election. 1
Provided the completed ballotr
is voted according to the instruc-
tions thereon, and provided thea
clerk receives it before the pollsI
close, the ballot is included in1
that county's count.C
Registration and absentee ballot-
ing vary from state to state. The
Young Republicans are providing
complete and detailed informa-
tion on voting in each state from
3-5 p.m., Monday through Friday
in Rm. 3515 of the SAB.
Registration deadlines in most
states, however, come up shortly.
One may notrvote if he is not
registered at his place of resi-
dence. In Michigan the registra-
tion deadline is 4 p.m. Oct. 10.
Students who qualify as voters
in Ann Arbor should register with
the City Clerk immediately.
The first performance of a
newly - formed opera group
opens at 8:30 p.m., Sept. 29 at
Lydia Mendelssohn Theater with
Gian Carlo Menotti's "The Me-
dium" and "The Telephone."
Edgar LaMance, organizer and
director of the company hopes to
set a precedent for a short sea-
son of opera each fall. For both
audience and participants, the
season will fill the gap between
the end of summer school and the
fall semester, LaMance said.
The first contemporary' operas
to be produced in Ann Arbor,
"The Medium" and "The Tele-
phone" have a cast of 8 singers
and twenty musicians. Backstage
workers are still needed and may
contact Bette Ellis, he said,
Muriel Greenspon, a Grinnell
Scholarship winner, sings the role
of "Baba," a medium who is torn
between the real and unreal when
an apparently supernatural hap-
pening occurs in her "rigged"
seance. "The Medium" studies the
powerful influence of, a medium
Karen Kliptic, '61M, Marlow
Teig, Suzanne Roy, '61M, Diane
Franjac, '60Ed and Tom Cultice,
'61M, complete the cast of "The
Michael Wentworth, '81 A&D,
is designing the production.
Both operas premiered at Co-
lumbia University and then were
produced in 1948 by the Ballet
Theater in New York.
Mail order tickets are available
at Lydia Mendelssohn Theater at
$1.50 for Thursday and $1.75 for
Friday and Saturday. Box office
opens Sept. 26.
Buro-cats, the League's train-
ing program for freshmen women,
will conduct a mass meeting Tues-
day, Sept. 27 4t 7 p.m. in the
League Ballroom, Freshman Pro-
jects Chairman Jane Sommerfield,
'82, has announced..
This is the only. organization on
campus that is devoted solely to
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