Student government presidents at Iowa's three public universities challenge voter ID proposal

1/9/2017

"We know firsthand how difficult it is to get students registered to vote already — with frequent address changes and being introduced to the electoral process for the first time — the last thing students need is another barrier to their participation," student government leaders at the University of Iowa, Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa said in a statement released Sunday. ...

[D]espite the assurances of Pate's office, [Rachel Zuckerman, president of UI Student Government,] and the other student leaders remain unpersuaded that the proposal will provide enough support to the thousands of out-of-state students in Iowa colleges and universities who will be looking to vote for the first time. ...

According to the 2016 Perceptions of Electoral Integrity survey conducted by the Electoral Integrity Project, an independent academic project based at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and University of Sydney, Iowa received the second highest score nationally on the Electoral Integrity Index. Vermont is the only state that ranked higher.