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Confusion over voter ID laws could keep students from voting

Friday, July 20, 2012

The Campus Vote Project blog, a campaign to help college students better understand their voting rights, says voter ID laws can create confusion among students, even in states that enable the use of student IDs at the polls.

For example, one county clerk in Kansas commented that many students do not have the information they need to cast a ballot.


“I think there’s a lot of stuff floating around the Internet and through other sources that aren’t the truth but spread really quickly, especially in a campus environment,” said the clerk. Some of this misinformation could mean that students may believe incorrectly that they lack the proper credentials to vote. The blog also gives a few examples of the information students will need this year.

Because of budget cuts, the clerk added, it’s difficult for elections offices to implement a proper public education campaign that reaches out to students.

The Campus Vote Project is a campaign to help college students work with administrators and local election officials to make the process of voting easier for students.

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A month-old security policy at Emerson College, called Tap and Go already has some off-campus students raising safety and usability concerns.

Under the new system, everyone entering an Emerson campus building must tap their IDs or be signed in. The policy also mandates that the outside doors of residence halls be locked automatically, requiring a campus ID to enter, according to a report in the Berkeley Beacon.

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Students attending the University of South Florida’s St. Petersburg campus can now ride Pinellas County buses for free when they show drivers their student ID.

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Mississippi Sate university is takes its football seriously, in particular its student admissions. The university sent out a mass email last week reminding students of the proper usage of their ID cards come game day.

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Indiana University’s Student Association has passed a resolution that will allow students’ preferred names to appear on their IDs rather than their legal names.

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