IDville Blog | August 2012

Texas to appeal federal court's voter ID ruling

by Admin 31. August 2012 11:50

 

The State of Texas is challenging a federal court decision against requiring voters in the Lone Star State to display an official photo identification to vote on Election Day in November, according to a published report.

Lawmakers are upset about a U.S. District Court in Washington rejecting the proposed voter ID law mandating the use of an ID issued by the government and, in response, the state is aiming to petition the U.S. Supreme Court, The Daily Texan reports.

The law's supporters say it will help the effort to stave off voter fraud while those opposing the measure and additional voter ID laws maintain they slant against minorities' votes for two reasons. Many minorities are not in possession of a photo ID and they live great distance from an office that distributes the identification cards.

The proposed law augments the responsibilities of students as well, according to director Billy Calve with student government agency Hook the Vote at the University of Texas at Austin. The law would demand information on a civilian driver's license match with a voter registration address.

"If you reside at a West Campus apartment or a dorm on campus, you would have had to make sure your driver's license address matched that," Calve told the news source. "For many students, that is not the case. Students would have had to go out and get their driver’s license changed to match their Austin address."

The case was particularly based on minority rights rather than those of students, according to assistant law professor Joseph Fishkin.

But Texas opted against numerous amendments to the voter identification law that would have reduced its strictness and cut down on the chances that it would be rejected, the assistant law professor told the news source. One amendment advocated for student IDs' use as photo IDs when casting ballots.

"I wouldn't make too much of a big deal of this, but the state legislature's decision not to allow student IDs is one of the things that came back to haunt the state," Fishkin told the news source.

The Washington Post reports the three-judge panel described Texas' proposed law as the nation's most strict.

The publication notes this serves as the first instance of a federal bench intervening to block a voter ID law.

The federal court ruled that the state did not demonstrate that the statute would not be harmful to minorities' voting rights.

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U.S. schools gravitate toward having student IDs serve as debit cards

by Admin 30. August 2012 10:09

Many colleges in the U.S. are merging efforts with financial institutions to enhance student IDs and make them also serve as debit cards, according to a published report.

Almost 900 universities have established partnerships with banks and 32 of the 50 biggest public schools have worked out contracts with financial institutions to endow students with debit cards or prepaid cards, according to a U.S. Public Interest Research Group study cited by The Flor-Ala, the student newspaper of the University of North Alabama.

Though that type of partnership is not in place as of yet with a financial institution and the University of Northern Alabama, incoming freshman Skyler South told the news source that establishing this agreement could be a good idea. But she noted she already is the owner of a debit card from other sources.

The University of Northern Alabama could benefit from the card, according to office manager Karen Kennedy with the UNA Mane Card. However, should the school opt to move forward with that plan, she said it would have to be selective with whom it mergest efforts.

"I think it'd be beneficial, depending on the banking relationship," Kennedy told the news source. "Different banks have different agreements. Some banks will allow students to go into the negative to charge in overdraft fees, and that shouldn't be supported."

But the U.S. PIRG study exposed students to the likelihood of paying high fees, like those charged by ATMs and those applied when overdrafts occur.

Situated in the city of Florence, the university considers the Mane Card to be a student's official University of Northern Alabama card, according to the school's website.

The Mane Card serves as a debit card, a meals card, a library card and it opens doors.

It also serves as a method of payment for various on-campus services.

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Northeastern Alabama county to grant injured veterans free entry with proper IDs

by Admin 29. August 2012 13:41

A Northeastern Alabama county school system is allowing disabled American veterans free admission to middle and high school sporting events, according to a published report.

The service-connected disabled must show identification cards when arriving at the Marshall County School System events, The San Mountain Reporter states. The schools taking part in the free program include Asbury, Douglas, Claysville, Brindlee Mountain and DAR.

The principals and coaches of the school systems' middle and high schools unanimously agreed to the policy, assistant superintendant Butch Ferguson with Marshall County Schools told the news source.

"Marshall County Board of Education member Bill Aaron came to me a couple of weeks ago with a proposal that I talk to principals in the Marshall County School System about allowing disabled American veterans with a service-connected disability into our sporting events free," Ferguson told the news source, also noting he is athletic director of the school system.

Aaron, who crafted the suggestion, is a disabled veteran himself. His military service includes two years in the U.S. Army and 22 years with the National Guard.

Aaron, who devoted eight months of service to helping in the Demilitarized Zone in Korea, also taught in the school system for 33 years before retiring.

He said when the injured veterans show their cards, admitting their attendance will not be of issue.

"I'm a disabled American veteran, so I'm among them and talk to them," Aaron told the news source. "I was talking to some other veterans, and we were discussing it. They asked me if we would look into it. Some have a pretty tough situation, and this might enlighten their life."

Marshall County has a long history of military action including being the theater of raids by federal troops during the War Between the States, according to the county's website.

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West Virginia elementary schools partake this year in ID badge pilot program

by Admin 28. August 2012 13:38

Two elementary schools in West Virginia are experimenting with a pilot program that aims to help ensure the students' safety, according to a published report.

This school year will see students at Wiliamstown Elementary School and Mineral Wells Elementary School wearing identification badges, The Parkersburg News and Sentinel reports. The students who will be partaking in the program are in kindergarten, first grade and second grade.

The students only will be allowed to leave with guardians who wear badges that match the ones worn by the children, transportation director Richard Lance told the news source, noting another nearby county implemented the program.

"Kanawha County has had this in place for a couple of years, and they've done it as a voluntary program," Lance told the news source late last week. "We'd like to see the same done here and have it be mandatory."

All families have been given four of the badges. The child holds one badge while the guardians are given three badges for when they pick up the child.

Efforts to pick up the child by someone who does not have a badge will result in the child being taken back to school.

He said that the plan should be in place by the middle of this week.

"By Wednesday, we are going to start enforcing this," Lance told the news source.

Students who lose or forget their badges will be issued a temporary one.

More than 500 students are partaking in the pilot program this year. Lance said its success will prompt the expansion to each of the 19 public elementary schools in Wood County.

Wood County public schools have scholarship programs for academics and athletics, booster organizations, a parent-teachers' association and additional programs to strengthen the county's academic offerings, according to the county schools' website.

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NFC is becoming major access control system disruptor

by Admin 28. August 2012 10:50

Prior to the transformations that have taken hold in the access control industry during the past several years, the technology was primarily one that could be implemented and ignored for years until it needed an upgrade. Now changes continue to be introduced in rapid succession, forcing decision-makers to take a second look at what they have and determine if it can be enhanced, according to a report by A&S Magazine.

"Access control is an integral part of the security industry's move toward [internet protocol], as the much hyped convergence of physical and IT security becomes a reality," John Davies, managing director at TDSi said, according to A&S Magazine.

While biometrics and IP technologies disrupt access control, a major contributor to change in the industry will be the evolution of near-field communications-enabled ID cards and smartphones, the news source said.

"Undoubtedly, cards will continue to be an integral component for many access control systems for some time, but as well as the rise of biometrics, there is also growth in near-field communications," Davies said, according to A&S Magazine. "This has largely been borne from the market growth of smartphones and the potential to use them as an authentication credential."

A separate report by GBI Research echoed the growing market for NFC technologies, forecasting it to expand at a compound annual growth rate of nearly 69 percent through 2016.

As technologies able to strengthen access control continue to emerge, more organizations will likely implement the systems to enhance the protection of valuable assets and leverage more effective crime deterrent tools. In doing so, the ID card will become a multi-functioning device used for authentication and identification.

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Mississippi college requires students to have visible ID cards

by Admin 28. August 2012 10:48

Northeast Mississippi Community College is enforcing a new policy as students begin to make their way back to campus to usher in a new school year. The college now requires students to wear their student ID cards at all times, according to a report by local TV station WTVA.

The primary reason for the new policy is to ensure the campus environment is safe, as authorities will be able to immediately identify which individuals walking around are students. Individuals neglecting to follow the procedure will be warned but will eventually be issued a $25 ticket after receiving several notices, the news source reported.

"I understand where they're coming from, the safety aspect of it, but I think they might be pushing it out of proportion a little," student Kurt Volking told WTVA. "The cost of the fine is a little too much, I believe."

NMCC administrators said the policy is meant to be proactive in an effort to deter crime in the future, instead of being reactive to any particular incident, the news provider reported. Still, the new protocol doesn't sit well with many students, partly because of the fashion faux pas associated with wearing an ID badge on a lanyard and partly because of the fine.

"College students, they have to pay a lot more," student Davorius James told WTVA. "To add this fine to it makes a whole other problem."

Other schools are taking similar initiatives. Barton County Community College in Kansas, for example, enforces a rule that states students must show authorities their ID cards when prompted. Although many people may find these policies inconvenient, they are, for the most part, meant to provide individuals with a safer learning environment.

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ID Maker 3.0 – Easier. Faster. Better.

by Kayla 28. August 2012 10:11
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IDville is excited to announce the release of ID Maker 3.0 – the latest version of our system designed to make printing secure, professional IDs simple! 
 
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Justice Department looks to block controversial measure in South Carolina voter ID law

by Admin 27. August 2012 14:00

The 2012 Presidential Election is right around the corner and the contention surrounding issues such as voter identification is increasing with each coming day.

Reuters reports that the U.S. Department of Justice had previously issued a challenge to a new voter ID law in South Carolina, and the state is now trying to convince a federal court that the legislation is not discriminatory in nature toward black voters.

The claim by the South Carolina government contrasts with a finding from the DOJ, and this marks the latest attempt by the Obama administration to block laws that require voters to show ID cards or other forms of identification at the polls.

According to the news outlet, Governor Nikki Haley signed the requirement into law in May 2011, but in December of that year the DOJ blocked the legislation from taking effect as it cited a measure from the 1965 Voting Rights Act - the government is allowed to veto voting rule changes in states with a history of racial repression.

While a federal court in Washington, D.C., is mulling the matter over - a three-judge federal court panel began hearing several days of testimony on August 27 - there are numerous other states that have tried to pass similar legislation.

South Carolina's law was the first to be refused federal clearance in nearly 20 years, according to The Associated Press, and the decision may be precedent-setting for other states that tried to pass similar legislation.

However, unless action occurs soon, there is much doubt regarding whether any of these laws will take effect prior to the November 6 general elections.

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FSU turns student ID cards into football tickets

by Admin 27. August 2012 12:11

Florida State University recently changed its sporting event ticket policy. In the past, students were required to purchase their tickets online and print them out, bringing the physical copies to games. Since this would often be inconvenient for all parties involved, especially when the tickets were lost, the university decided to completely change the process, according to a report by FSU News.

The new policy will still digitally send purchased tickets to student ID cards, making the procedure more efficient and convenient for both students and game-day officials. Now individuals will be required to bring their FSU ID card to games, where the accessory will be swiped as if it were a ticket, the news source said. Only student ID badges will suffice, no other form of ID will be accepted.

"[We] wanted to make the process as easy as possible," Ben Zierden, assistant athletics director of ticket sales and operations at FSU said, according to FSU News. "By having the ticket delivered directly to the students' FSU ID it makes it easier for students to simply show up at the game and have their card swiped for entry rather than picking up or printing out a physical ticket."

This is especially important for management, as the school boasts its Doak Campbell Stadium can seat more than 83,000 people for football games.

The new ticketing process has been in development for several years and takes multiple elements into account when determining which students are able to get tickets. This is primarily done through a newly established loyalty program, which factors in seniority, credit standing and overall attendance to FSU sporting events other than football, FSU News said. The results will prioritize which individuals are granted better seating to more popular games during the season.

"This is a process that is definitely easier for the student," Zierden said, according to the news provider. "It requires a little more work for our office on the operational side of things but that is why we are here."

The new ID card program will go into effect during FSU's opener against Murray State on September 1 and is aimed to reward hard-working and active students with the best seats during football games.

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Students at Nebraska to use IDs for entry to home football games

by Admin 24. August 2012 16:20

Students in Nebraska who want to demonstrate school spirit and pride while throwing their weight behind the football team must bring their student ID cards to games, according to a published report.

The University of Nebraska at Lincoln has opted to have its athletic office endow the student identification cards with the tickets for the students to gain entry, The Omaha World-Herald reports. The student IDs are known as N cards.

Some reasons behind the adjustment at the school include minimizing printing and reducing expenses and costs for staff, ticket office associate Angie Christ-Zemunski told the news source. The office no longer will need to hire temporary staff members who distribute the student tickets. Staff members with the office also will be free to take on other tasks.

"We are trying to stay up with the times," Christ-Zemunski told the news source, noting the office she serves opted to effect the adjustment after exploring how other universities' offices conduct their business.

Football fans might need some time to become accustomed to the change but Christ-Zemunski said she is confident they will succeed.

She also noted that the new system will prove to be beneficial to students who will have one less topic to be concerned about when the football team is playing since they typically always have their N card on them.

"It will limit waiting in line, validating and the possibility of loss," Christ-Zemunski told the news source.

But one catch is students no longer will be able to cherish the ticket stubs from the games they attended.

President Eric Kamler of the school's student government told the news source that he still holds the stub from the first game he attended.

The football team opens this season with a home game against Southern Miss on Saturday, September 1, according to the team's website.

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