UW System To Issue Voter ID Cards To Students

Cards Will Be For Out-Of-State Residents Who Have Been In Wisconsin For At Least 4 Weeks Before Election Day

UW-Madison students on Bascom Hill. Photo: Joel Rivlin (CC-BY).

University of Wisconsin System campuses will begin issuing free voter ID cards to students next week in response to a court’s decision to reinstate the Voter ID law.

The student voter ID cards are for UW System students who aren’t Wisconsin residents with a state ID card, driver’s license, U.S. passport or military ID. Students from out of state are eligible to vote in the Nov. 4 election if they’ve lived in Wisconsin for at least four weeks before Election Day.

Jim Villa, vice president of university relations for the UW system, said he believes campuses will be able to meet demand, even though they’re not sure how many students will seek out the new IDs.

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“Given the number of students who are enrolled that are Wisconsin residents and may already possess a valid identification to use, it’s really difficult to predict how many students will seek this asset or this resource out,” he said.

In addition to their student voter ID, students are required to provide proof of school enrollment at the polls. Villa said students should be able to access the necessary document online and print it out.