A planned mass deputation organized by members of Student Council on Monday night coincided with the announcement that the University of Wisconsin will be issuing voter IDs to students requiring them.
The deputation was organized by Associated Students of Madison first year representative Colin Higgins and involved 13 students. These now-official special registration deputies will be able to register other students and community members to vote.
This deputation came on the heels of the voter ID bill limiting how UW students are able to vote and legislation student government members implemented in efforts to make the voting process easier. “[The new law] makes voting a lot more difficult for students to vote for a couple of reasons,” ASM Legislative Affairs Chair Hannah Somers said. “It’s really difficult to get proper identification, especially for out-of-state students.”
According to a UW statement released Monday, the university will be providing students who are not Wisconsin residents and lack state-issued driver licenses or identification cards with a free supplemental card to be use solely for voting purposes.