Survey of college IDs in PA

Which schools can use IDs to vote? Not many.
Last updated: 4/12/2012

The Pennsylvania General Assembly recently passed a law requiring valid photo ID in order to vote. While the law states that it will allow college IDs as a valid form of voting ID, it also includes language that requires all IDs to have expiration dates. This survey finds that very few colleges in the Commonwealth print expiration dates on their issued IDs, thus potentially disenfranchising the majority of students in the state.

Of the 110 schools surveyed, only 15 schools have expiration dates printed on all IDs. An additional four schools have some form of date, while 91 colleges and universities in the state do not have acceptable ID for voting, under the current law. This represents at least 83% of the schools in the state and at least 84% of the students. Thus more than half a million students in the state are affected by the new law, and many of them may be disenfranchised in upcoming elections.

Voter fraud isn’t a problem in Pennsylvania: Voter engagement is.

It’s estimated that only 74% of all eligible Americans are registered to vote and in 2008, a year that saw one of the highest turnouts in recent history, only 63% cast their ballot. Lawmakers should be looking for solutions that encourage full participation in democracy, not creating laws that set up hurdles for committed voters.

PennPIRG’s recommendations to increase voter participation include Election Day registration and automatic registration.

Colleges and Universities in Pennsylvania:

Yes – Do have expiration dates

Carlow College

Carnegie Mellon University

Chatham College

Community College of Beaver County

Computer Learning Network - Camp Hill

Franklin & Marshall College

Geneva College - Beaver Falls

Lehigh University

Susquehanna University

Swarthmore College

Thomas Jefferson University

University of Pennsylvania

University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

University of Pittsburgh


Some – see exceptions

Lebanon Valley College

*Current ones do not, new ones will

La Roche College

*Have stickers with semester

Marywood College

*If you live in a residence hall

University of Scranton

*Undergrads have graduation dates


No – Do not have expiration dates

Albright College

Allegheny College

DeSales University

Alvernia College

Baptist Bible College and Seminary

Arcadia University

Berks Technical Institute

Bloomsburg University

Bryn Mawr College

Bucknell University

Bucks County Community College

Butler County Community College

Cabrini College

California University

Pennsylvania Highlands Community College

Cedar Crest College

Cheyney University

Clarion University

College Misericordia

Community College of Allegheny County

Community College of Philadelphia

Computer Learning Network – Altoona

Delaware County Community College

Dickinson College

Drexel University

Duquesne University

East Stroudsburg University

Eastern College

Edinboro University

Elizabethtown College

Gannon University

Gettysburg College

Grove City College

Gwynedd Mercy College

Harrisburg Area Community College

Haverford College

Immaculata College

Indiana University

Juniata College

Keystone College

King's College

Kutztown University

La Salle University

Lafayette College

Lehigh Carbon Community College

Lincoln University

Lock Haven University

Lycoming College

Mansfield University

Mercyhurst University

Messiah College

Millersville University

Montgomery County Community College

Moore College of Art & Design

Moravian College

Muhlenberg College - Allentown

Neumann College - Aston

Northampton Community College

Pennsylvania College of Technology

Pennsylvania Institute of Technology

Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education - Harrisburg

Pennsylvania State University

Pennsylvania State University - Behrend College - Erie

Pennsylvania State University - Schuylkill Campus

Philadelphia College of Bible

Point Park College

Reading Area Community College

Robert Morris College

Saint Francis College

Saint Joseph's University

Seton Hill College

Shippensburg University

Slippery Rock University

St. Vincent College

Temple University

Thaddeus Stevens State School of Technology

Thiel College

University of Pittsburgh at Johnson

University of the Arts

Ursinus College

Valley Forge Military College

Villanova University

Washington and Jefferson College

Waynesburg College

West Chester University

Westminster College

Westminster Theological Seminary

Westmoreland County Community College

Widener University

Wilkes University

York College

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