For college students attending one of the 14 schools in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, the opportunity to vote Nov. 6 comes down to a sticker. Efforts to update student identification cards to meet new Pennsylvania voting regulations are under way on campuses, system spokesman Kenn Marshall said Thursday. In April, the legislature passed a bill requiring voters to show photo identification with an expiration date before casting a ballot. The bill has received criticism for its changing definitions of acceptable IDs and for making it more difficult for people to vote.
Secretary of State Carol Aichele announced in April that the photo-ID process would be simplified by allowing voters to use expired state driver’s licenses or nondriver ID cards to obtain a free photo ID from the state Department of Transportation. For students who do not have a state driver’s license, the school ID is their access to a voting booth, and the majority of Pennsylvania student IDs do not meet the new requirement. Out of 110 Pennsylvania colleges and universities surveyed in April by the consumer group PennPIRG, 15 printed IDs with expiration dates.
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