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Purdue to roll out new Identification cards

Purdue Students will now have the option to vote with their new identification cards.

Posted: Jul 23, 2019 5:59 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Purdue Students will now have the option to vote with their new identification cards.

Purdue University is updating its student identification cards after Tippecanoe County Clerk Julie Roush said in May, they were not up to code with voting regulations. Purdue says their goal is to provide more convenient ways of voting for students and they believe this "checks all the boxes" to achieve that.

Student Dominic Borzabadi says he is excited to hear all the benefits that come with the new ID.

"I mean it is a school I-D there isn't a lot of pros and cons with it"said Borzabadi. "But with the new voting that you can get with it, I think I will like the new I-Ds more of course, and that's just another benefit that comes with it. I'm happy for it!" 

The identification cards will be rolled out over the next several years and will include a "unique identifier" which will allow IDs to be read by more devices.

Purdue Student Kiley Rodgers says she believes this is one way the university is trying to improve quality of life on campus.

"Pretty much your I-D you use just to swipe in and out of the dining courts and then at various places on campus. The fact we can do more with it- I think it’s better. They're trying to better this campus and that's one of the ways they are going about it," said Rodgers.

Students can get an early version of the I-D in late August of this year- that will include an expiration date.

The new cards will arrive during the fall semester of 2020, free for incoming students and ten dollars for returning students.

"They're doing something better for us that's for sure! Usually you just get stuck with the same one all four years," added Rodgers.

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