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UW-Madison begins issuing free voter ID cards

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The University of Wisconsin-Madison is set to begin issuing free school identification cards to comply with a new state voter ID law.

The university says students can pick up an ID Monday on campus. It pledged last year to offer the cards since the law has a two-year expiration for school IDs that make older IDs invalid.

Colleges and universities across the state have debated how to comply with the law, which passed last year. Several UW campuses are taking a similar approach to Madison's policy.

The university also launched a website Friday designed to help students on any voting questions, including whether to bring a school verification letter to the polls. The ID cards are estimated to cost the school $100,000 over five years.

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