Numerous colleges and universities in Pennsylvania are taking steps to ensure members of their student bodies are able to vote in the general election in early November, according to a published report.
Arguments have wrapped up regarding the Voter ID law in the commonwealth and the schools do not want to run the risk of having their students be unable to cast ballots, The Sentinel reports. The centerpiece of the November 6 election features U.S. President Barack Obama attempting to stave off efforts by former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney to unseat him.
Schools like Shippensburg University, Dickinson College and Messiah College distribute student identification cards that do not have an expiration date, which often is very necessary to enable voting. Rather, these identification cards hold a picture of the bearer and that student's name.
Before the law was enacted, Shippensburg University had no need to include an expiration date, according to the school's executive director for University Communications.
"They were made for campus use only," Pete Gigliotti told the news source.
Numerous statewide schools are laying plans to issue new identification cards to students that contain expiration dates, The Associated Press reports.
Other schools are remedying the issue by providing stickers that have expiration dates that may be affixed to the identification cards.
"What we're doing is providing IDs with dates on them," Gigliotti told the news source. "If a student needs an ID with an expiration date that would be valid for voting, we will provide them with one that is dated. For current students, students who need one will be provided with one. We do have the capability of those needs."
Closing arguments in the case were delivered this past Thursday, The Associated Press reports. The judge who is presiding over the case is likely to issue a ruling on the matter some time this month.