PHOTO ILLUSTRATION -- Emily Jones poses for a photo with a new Purdue student ID that features an expiration date that allows the ID card to be used as a voter ID, Friday, Sept. 6, 2019 in West Lafayette. (Photo: Nikos Frazier, Photo Illustration by Nikos Frazier | Journal & Courier)
PHOTO ILLUSTRATION -- Emily Jones poses for a photo with a new Purdue student ID that features an expiration date that allows the ID card to be used as a voter ID, Friday, Sept. 6, 2019 in West Lafayette. (Photo: Nikos Frazier, Photo Illustration by Nikos Frazier | Journal & Courier)
WEST LAFAYETTE – Emily Jones might be the only Purdue student on campus with a student ID good enough to use at Greater Lafayette polling places in the November election.

Jones, a senior from Mulberry, went to the student ID office two weeks ago prepared to shell out $10 for a new card – this one with an expiration date that had been missing on her old ID and that suddenly and essentially made Purdue’s student IDs worthless as documentation on Election Day.

For Jones, a student director of the Purdue Votes Coalition, the exercise was more of an experiment – “Just to make sure it worked,” she said – ahead of the campus organization’s voter registration drive later in September, before November’s municipal elections. The usual questions on campus sidewalks – Are you registered to vote? Would you like to be? – were about to come with an addendum: Do you have the right sort of ID?

“Because your Purdue ID probably isn’t going to work,” Jones said. “That’s what we’re up against after this summer.”

This summer was when Tippecanoe County walked back a policy that dated to 2008, the first year of Indiana’s voter ID law, that gave election officials here a workaround to qualify Purdue student IDs, even if they didn’t meet the letter of the new state law.
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