Strategic voting

I received the following email:

I just moved to NY from Texas last month to attend graduate school **, and I was wondering if it would be better to register to vote for the fall election here locally, or if I should ask for an absentee ballot from ** County back home in Texas.

I’m currently in the process of selling my house in **, and I don’t forsee going back to Texas any time soon. But I have lived, worked and voted in ** County for the last several years.

Could you advise me as to what would make most sense?

My reply:

You should vote where you think your vote is most likely to make a difference. In presidential vote, neither NY nor TX will be decisive. So you should see what the down-ballot races are.

3 Responses to Strategic voting

  1. Joe Grimm September 6, 2012 at 6:01 pm #

    If you are attending a public University you may want to vote in NY as part of establishing residency.

    I don’t know the NY residency rules, but in the UC system you’ll get in trouble for voting out of state.

  2. Andreas Moser September 7, 2012 at 1:50 am #

    Vote in both places.

  3. Pat September 7, 2012 at 7:13 am #

    If he’s going to school for political science, he should know that his vote doesn’t matter anyway.