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Pennsylvania school prepared to issue new ID cards

by Admin 25. September 2012 14:34

A college in North Central Pennsylvania is providing students with new photo identification cards to enable them to vote in the November election, according to a published report.

Vice president of student affairs Linda Koch with Loch Haven University said the new IDs will have expiration dates on them, The Express reports.

New students at the school were given the new cards and returning students have the opportunity to request the new student identification cards that have expiration dates so they may vote in elections, Koch told the school's Council of Trustees meeting late last month.

"We will announce the availability of the new ID during voter registration drives on the campus," states an email penned by the vice president to The Express.

But the students  need to prove that they are eligible to vote in order to receive the new ID card.

Koch noted that the dates for the voter registration drive have not yet been set.

"Students requesting a new ID for voting purposes will also need to provide proof of their voter registration," the vice president's email states.

To comply with Pennsylvania's voter ID law, specific identification cards are needed to cast ballots. Proponents say it is a strong way of cutting down on voter fraud.

Students who request new cards will have them returned within minutes of when the picture is taken, Koch said.

As of the article's publication, not one student had requested a new ID card, according to Koch.

She said the school designed the cards with a specific goal in mind.

"The telecommunications office provided the new design of the card and the needed information that was required to have an expiration date imprinted on the card for each student," Koch wrote.

The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania has begun reviewing the current process of issuing photo identification cards, according to CBS.

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