IDville Blog | Pennsylvania official lauds college's voter ID efforts

Pennsylvania official lauds college's voter ID efforts

by Admin 27. September 2012 11:09

A Pennsylvania college has drawn praise for its practices of enabling voting for its students by creating acceptable identification cards that comply with the state's voter ID law, according to a published report.

While the constitutionality of that voter ID legislation is tied up in the state's court system, Secretary of State Carol Aichele said that Pennsylvania State University produced ID cards that help its students vote, Gant Daily reports.

The law mandates that voters in the state must show a valid photo ID in order to cast ballots, beginning on Election Day this November.

"Penn State quickly took action to add expiration dates to ID cards for incoming students beginning with this past summer term, and making university issued stickers available for returning students, to insure all Penn State students are able to vote," the secretary of state said at a news conference Wednesday in the Hetzel Union Building on Penn State’s University Park Campus, according to the news source.

She underscored the importance of Penn State taking action, and noted that the entire student body of roughly 90,000 students can benefit.

Many of the students do not have any form of ID other than their college identification so what the school did to enable the students' abilities to vote gained favor.

"Penn State is our state's largest university, and this action made sure any of the school's 90,000-plus students who don't have other acceptable ID can vote using their student ID," said the woman who directs the government agency that manages elections in Pennsylvania.

The Associated Press reports that attorneys aiming to stave off enactment of the voter ID law in the state are calling witnesses to the stand on Thursday to testify about the challenges they face acquiring ID badges.

The matter is back in the hands of Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson after a higher bench returned the issue to him.


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