Monday's letter "Students should be able to handle ID rule" asks why the new voter ID requirements were a significant problem in the student districts.

Perhaps the students’ mistake was to expect a law that is logical and non-discriminatory. Instead, the law is unreasonable, has redundant specifications and was deliberately set up to make it hard for the students.

First, the regular student ID unequivocally proves a student's identity, but it is not acceptable under the law. To get a standard ID, a student completes an extensive application, sends in a high school transcript, pays thousands of dollars in tuition, and has his or her picture taken by a university employee. Yet when the law was passed, not one student ID in the state met the onerous requirements.

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Second, as Dane County Clerk Scott McDonell pointed out at a public hearing last year that the specifications are redundant. To qualify, student IDs must have a short expiration time and must also be accompanied by proof of enrollment. None of the other qualifying IDs have such extensive requirements.

Most voters are simply grandfathered in, since the specifications were written to accept IDs that they already have.

-- Paul Malischke, Madison

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