U. of Iowa considers student IDs for voter identification

CR80News,  September 6, 2019

In 2018, the office of the Iowa Secretary of State sent letters to universities and colleges in the state requesting two actions: that universities provide students with a form of ID that could be verified; and make available a printable document for students to prove their address.

One of the steps taken by the University of Iowa in an effort to make voting accessible to students includes a voter-enrollment verification letter created by the Office of the Registrar. Separately, UI Housing and Dining added contract dates to dorm room assignment letters to show proof of residency.

Ultimately, the major hang up for using UI’s IowaOne for voter identification is the lack of an expiration date. As with other large institutions, university officials have stated that the addition of an expiration date to campus cards would be cost prohibitive.

By Andrew Hudson

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