Wisconsin’s election board on Tuesday authorized a state university to issue identification cards that students can use to comply with the new law requiring voters to present photo ID at polling places. University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point joined six other schools authorized by the Government Accountability Board to issue secondary ID cards that comply with the law in Wisconsin, one of several states to pass such legislation this year.
In addition to Stevens Point, the system’s flagship university in Madison along with schools in Milwaukee, Whitewater, La Crosse, Eau Claire and Green Bay will issue the secondary ID cards. The eighth school — the University of Wisconsin-Superior — has received approval to re-issue primary identification cards to all students that meet the voter ID requirements.
“We believe that it’s our obligation to help students be engaged citizens,” said David Giroux, director of communications of the University of Wisconsin System.
“Taking part in our democracy is part of their college experience.”
To comply with the law, the ID cards must contain a photo, signature and an expiration date of less than two years. The cards will be issued on an as-needed basis or upon request to students who wish to use a student ID on Election Day.