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Wis. officials OK alt. college IDs for voting


MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A University of Wisconsin System spokesman says election officials have approved nine campuses' designs for secondary college ID cards for voting.

A new state law requires voters to show photo identification at the polls starting in 2012. College IDs qualify if they expire within two years of being issued. Many institutions, however, typically issue four- or five-year IDs.

A number of UW System schools want to issue two-year cards specifically for voting. System spokesman David Giroux says the Government Accountability Board has approved designs for cards for nine campuses, including UW-Madison and UW-Milwaukee.

The system's two-year campuses as well as UW-Parkside, UW-Platteville and UW-River Falls are awaiting approval for vote-only cards.

The GAB also has approved UW-Superior's plan to reissue its primary photo ID card with a two-year expiration.

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