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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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