Registrar of Montgomery County, Virginia Issues 'Unsubstantiated' and 'Chilling' Warning to College Students
The press release reads in part:
"The Code of Virginia states that a student must declare a legal residence in order to register. A legal residence can be either a student's permanent address from home or their current college residence. By making Montgomery County your permanent residence, you have declared your independence from your parents and can no longer be claimed as a dependent on their income tax filings -- check with your tax professional. If you have a scholarship attached to your former residence, you could lose this funding. And, if you change your registration to Montgomery County, Virginia Code requires you to change your driver's license and car registration to your present address within 30 days."
This looks like a clear case of voter suppression (younger voters tend to vote Democratic). The info about the IRS deduction is flat out wrong. The claim about the scholarship will vary based on the rules of the scholarship itself, but is probably wrong for the most part. The info about new drivers' licenses only applies to out-of-state students.