Lawmakers agree to allow college student ID cards for voting _lowres

The Advocate file photo: Student make their way around LSU's campus on Field House Drive.

In a few years, Louisiana college students would be able to use their university ID cards to vote in state elections, if the governor agrees to a proposal passed by lawmakers.

House Bill 940 by Rep. Randal Gaines, a LaPlace Democrat, calls for the higher education system governing boards to ensure that the student identification cards they issue meet voter ID requirements within less than three years.

Louisiana’s community and technical colleges are excluded from the measure.

If signed, the new law would take effect on Jan. 1, 2019.

The state Senate gave final passage to the bill with a 37-0 vote Wednesday, sending it to Gov. John Bel Edwards. The Louisiana House earlier had agreed to the proposal with an 83-0 vote.