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Some college students unsure about type of ID they'll need at polls

Written by Megan Lello and WPSU | Sep 28, 2012 4:00 AM

(University Park) -- Many Pennsylvanians are working to obtain photo IDs so they can cast ballots in the November election, but some college students haven't even heard of the new voter ID law.

Thumbnail image for voter registration identification requirementRyan Mauer of Penn State says he doesn't remember hearing anything about the measure, which requires voters to show an acceptable form of ID at the polls. "Absolutely nothing...umm, actually, now that you say something, it does ring a bell. But I haven't heard much."

Mauer plans on using his Pennsylvania driver's license or U.S. passport, which are both accepted under the law, so he'll be able to vote.

At a recent visit to Penn State's University Park campus, Commonwealth Secretary Carol Aichele explained what students need to do if they're planning on using their school-issued IDs to vote. "What brings me here today is to make sure that all of you seek to get a suitable college ID, if you don't have a driver's license, and also make sure that you get the expiration stickers you need to make sure that your college ID will work."

About 240 of Penn State's 95,000 students from around the commonwealth have asked for stickers for their IDs.

The Commonwealth Court is expected to make a decision on whether the law will stand for this fall's election by Tuesday.

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