INDIANAPOLIS – Today, State Senator David Niezgodski’s (D-South Bend) Senate Bill 139 was narrowly defeated in the Senate Committee on Elections with a vote of 4-5. This proposal would have allowed public and private university students to use college-issued identification (ID) cards to vote in elections.

“Encouraging our young Hoosiers to vote is essential for strong civic engagement in the future,” Sen. Niezgodski said. “I’m disappointed that my fellow legislators do not want to support our youth by giving them the tools and opportunities needed for them to exercise their civic right.”

Current law states that a student ID can only be used if it is issued by Indiana public universities, while Student IDs issued from private universities may not be used for voting purposes.

“The youth in this state are the future leaders of Indiana,” Sen. Niezgodski said. “It’s essential that they have the opportunity to engage in the political process, no matter which college or university they are attending. I’m deeply troubled that students will not be able to utilize this convenient and secure method to vote.”