Rindo says it would cost the university more than $100,000 to replace all student IDs.
A bill to cut down on voter fraud could have universities cutting up student IDs and starting over. Governor Walker is expected to sign a voter ID bill into law this week.
Voters would be required to have a driver’s license, state issued ID or student ID to vote. University officials say efforts to make it easier for students to vote are welcome.
“I want students to be able to vote and if this makes the voting process easier, I think as a service this is something we would offer,” says Phil Lyons, UW-Stout Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Life Services.
However, universities are still weighing the impact of a new voter ID bill. In order to vote with a student ID, the ID would have to have the student’s photo, signature and an expiration date.
“All of our student IDs will have to have a signature and an expiration date on them, currently they do not have those,” says Mike Rindo, UW-Eau Claire Communications Department. “So we will have to change the IDs to make the meet the requirements of the new law.”