Campus Cards, College and University Identification and Security

S.C. bill would enable student IDs for voter ID

Thursday, January 17, 2013

A bill submitted to the South Carolina House of Representatives would let campus IDs with photo be used as voter ID cards, according to a report in the Charleston Democrat Examiner.

New legislation in the state requires state-issued photo IDs, passports or military IDs in order to participate in elections. The new law would enable more 18 to 24-year-old to vote. A recent study shows that 20% of that age group doesn’t have a state-issued ID card.

South Carolina’s Voter ID law, first passed in 2011, required a state-issued photo identification card, including driver license, in order to vote. The State Election Commission was offering photo-bearing voter registration cards too.

In December 2011, the U.S. Dept. of Justice rejected the new law stating it would unfairly affect minorities. South Carolina contested the ruling in federal court last year, and won after offering to include military IDs and passports as accepted IDs. [end] 

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House Bill 1076, signed last month, mandates that public school students in Louisiana will receive unique identification numbers to replace the Social Security numbers, which are currently on students’ academic files. The bill was drawn into the debate following the fear that student information forms that accompany the state’s Common Core tests would be vulnerable to data breaches.

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Rutgers University has approved a new student preferred name policy that will enable students to use preferred names instead of legal names on official class rosters, the university’s learning resource management system Sakai and the Rutgers Electronic Grading and Information System.

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