Ohio is considering a bill that could make it more difficult for students to vote. It would require a government issued photo identification card but won’t recognize student ID cards even if they’re issued by public universities. North Carolina is looking at similar legislation.
The Ohio bill would limit the options that voters have to prove their identities when they cast their ballots in person. Under the proposed plan, a current or expired driver license, an alternative state identification card, military identification or a U.S. passport would be required.
Democrats compared it to a “poll tax,” noting that it costs money to acquire a driver license or other state government ID. However, the bill would allow Ohioans who can’t afford the cost of acquiring such identification to ask the Bureau of Motor Vehicles for a free card. Read more here.