Indiana University South Bend’s campus card will be voter ID compliant by the fall of 2017, giving students the ability to use the cards as a form of identification at the polls.
According to a report from The Preface, IU South Bend’s ID cards were not previously voter ID compliant, leaving students to use other state-issued form of ID, such as a driver license. The new voter ID capability coincides with an updated student credential being dubbed the Crimson Card, which is expected to be used across the Indiana University system of campuses.
The new credentials will be issued beginning fall 2017, giving IU South Bend students the ability to flash a campus card at the polls. The lacking component on previous IU South Bend cards for voter identification was an expiration date, which will now be added to all future student IDs. Expiration dates are a requirement for voting identification credentials in Indiana.
Despite many IU South Bend students being Indiana residents, out-of-state students living on campus were previously required to get a new Indiana state ID in order to vote in the state. The campus card update will enable these out-of-state student to register to vote under their campus address.
The new Crimson Card will not be available for the coming November presidential elections, so students will need to leverage other forms of identification for the time being.
For more perspective on voter ID compliance and whether it’s a fit for your campus card, check out our previous coverage on the topic.