Approved by the: Student Senate - October 4, 2012
Administration - no action required*
Board of Regents - no action required

* The administration has received and acknowledges the sense of the Student Senate.


On November 6, 2012, the people of Minnesota will vote on whether to amend the state constitution to "require all voters to present valid photo identification to vote and to require the state to provide free identification to eligible voters, effective July 1, 2013." Because the approval of such a provision would directly impact students across all of the campuses, the University of Minnesota Student Senate expresses its support for enabling legislation allowing University of Minnesota student identification cards (U Cards) to be considered valid photo identification, whether in present or modified form. This body has considered three points in making its decision:

Because we believe students should be able to vote with as few additional barriers as possible, we fully support such enabling legislation in the event the ballot measure passes and urge the administration to lobby for enabling legislation on behalf of students.

[This resolution was also approved by the Social Concerns Committee, October 3, 2012]

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