Specific student ID's valid at the polls

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU)-- With one of the most anticipated presidential elections just around the corner, officials want to make sure voting is as easy as possible, especially for students on college campuses.

UW-Eau Claire Student Body President Ashley Sukhu spent Wednesday afternoon helping students register to vote while making sure they have their proper form of a photo ID.

“Because of all the voter ID laws and the changes that are happening in Wisconsin, we want to make the process as easy as possible for students to vote. By doing the registration, it allows student to get ready before it even happens,” says Sukhu.

Election officials say students can now use a specific kind of student ID to vote. Election specialist Cindy Anderson says if students have the card, they will also need proof of enrollment.

“If they don't have a Wisconsin driver’s license, a passport, or the free state ID card, the UW-Eau Claire students can get a student ID and they can get that from the Bluegold office. It’s a card that would have their name, the expiration date, the date that it's issued,” says Anderson.

But Sukhu says the newest form of UWEC student ID's are also valid.

“We wanted to make the new Bluegold cards valid with voter ID laws. Starting at the end of August, anyone who got a student ID issued, as long as it has the expiration dates on them, they are compliant with the new voter ID laws. We didn't want to re-issue all student ID's, other students will have the other voter ID cards, so students who have previously been a part of the university will still have the old student ID.

Campus organizations will start educating students on the id change next month.

CVTC also has a student ID card that can be issued.

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