A new bill introduced in the state of Idaho would ban use of student ID cards as valid voter identification. The bill would also eliminate same-day voter registration in the state.
The state of New Mexico is considering a bill that would, in part, decide whether a student ID card will be an acceptable form of identification when registering to vote on election day. New Mexico state law now requires a photo ID for same-day voter registration, but the details as to which forms are required is up for debate.
A federal judge in Wisconsin has backed the side of state laws restricting the use of college student ID cards for voter identification. The decision comes after government watchdog group Common Cause in Wisconsin filed a lawsuit claiming that the requirements placed on student ID cards were too stringent.
A recent announcement from North Carolina’s State Board of Elections reported that student credentials from all UNC campuses would be eligible forms of voter identification for state elections. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has now weighed in on the inclusion of the UNC One Card in the initiative.
The North Carolina State Board of Elections released a new list of student ID cards that will now be accepted as valid forms of voter identification in state elections. The list includes all University of North Carolina system campuses along with other institutions that had previously submitted their campus cards for approval but were denied.
Two higher education institutions in North Carolina have added their student ID cards to the list of approved forms of state voter identification. Campus cards from Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute and Lees-McRae College now join a list of 49 additional types of student and employee photo identification approved for use in the 2020 elections.
The University of Iowa is issuing temporary student ID cards for the purpose of voter identification at state voting booths. The temporary card features an expiration date needed to meet voter identification requirements in the state, and mimics the same aesthetic of the standard University of Iowa One Card.
The bill in North Carolina that would make university student ID cards a valid form of voter identification is still stirring student voters. The latest university to grapple with the new campus card regulations is the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where university officials are working to meet the card issuance requirements by the new November 15 deadline.
In response to a recent call for its student ID card to be made voter ID compliant, Purdue University will offer its students a week-long window to exchange their existing student campus cards for a new, voter ID compliant credential for free. Plans for the grace week were developed based on a proposal from Purdue’s university senate to help ensure students had ample opportunity to obtain the new card design.