From “Mid-State Technical College ready to change ID cards to comply with voting requirements” — Wisconsin technical college students will have options when it comes to providing identification to vote this February.

The state’s Government Accountability Board decided Wednesday to allow technical college students to use their school IDs.

Two months ago, the GAB ruled that the IDs didn’t qualify as photo identification at the polls.

“On behalf of the 9,000 Mid-State Technical College students, I am very pleased by the Government Accountability Board’s reversal,” said Mid-State Technical College President Sue Budjac. “I absolutely believe that this is the right decision, and I appreciate their willingness to reverse from where they were originally.”

The GAB initially interpreted the new voter ID law to exclude technical college IDs because amendments that would have clearly included tech college students were unsuccessful in the state Legislature.

From “Tech college head asks election panel to rethink voter ID ruling” —  The president of the Wisconsin Technical College System sent a letter Wednesday to the Government Accountability Board formally requesting that the body which oversees elections in the state reconsider its Sept. 12 decision to not allow technical college student ID cards to be used for voting purposes.

Dan Clancy writes that the “plain language of the statute clearly includes technical college student IDs as an acceptable form of identification for voting purposes.”

A new law that goes into effect in 2012 requires people to show photo IDs at the polls in order to vote. But one can’t show just any photo ID. In order for a student ID to be valid for use at the polls, it has to comply with certain aspects of the new law, which notes the identification card must have a signature, expire within two years and have an expiration date. College IDs issued by University of Wisconsin System institutions, for example, don’t comply with the law.

But at its Sept. 12 meeting, the GAB unanimously adopted a policy that stated schools could put stickers on existing IDs to include the information needed to make the identification cards compliant with the new law. Many hailed the ruling as good news because it could save public and private schools money by not having to completely overhaul their IDs.

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From the Journal Times: “Gateway dealing with new concealed carry, voter ID laws” — RACINE – The state’s concealed carry law has passed and been signed. So has the voter ID law.

Now the next step happens. They soon go into effect and officials at Gateway Technical College, for one, must figure out how to deal with the implications of the laws.

“We have to go through and revise our existing policies,” said Dennis Sherwood, Gateway’s director of safety and security.

The concealed carry law, making it legal to carry concealed in public places, goes into effect Nov. 1. Sherwood does not yet have any official policy that he will be putting in place, but likely, he will be putting up signs at all doors prohibiting concealed weapons in buildings.

“It’s an educational institution so obviously we are concerned about the learning environment. We want to make sure everyone is comfortable in the learning environment,” Sherwood said. That means no weapons in the classrooms and college buildings, he said.

But outside the classroom, in the parking lot and lawn areas, they don’t have the ability to prohibit weapons, he said.

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