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Ohio photo ID law makes voting hard for college students, but not impossible

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – With less than a month before Ohio’s single-issue August special election, voting rights organizations have their eyes on a population facing one of the “trickiest” paths to the polls: College students – particularly those from out of state.

College students are eligible to vote in the community they attend school, regardless of whether they hail from Ohio. Nationally, about 20% of college student voters are out-of-state students, according to a 2022 Fair Elections Center survey.

But Ohio’s photo identification requirement for in-person voting complicates the picture.



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