Pennsylvania Universities: Allow Students to Vote
  • Petitioned Jennifer N. Albright

This petition was delivered to:

Dean of the Students, Bucknell University
Jennifer N. Albright
Dean of the College, Gettysburg College
Dr. Julia Ramsey
Dean of the College, Haverford College
Martha Denney
Dean of the Students, La Salle University
James Moore
Dean of the College,Lafayette College
Hannah W. Stewart- Gambino
Dean of the College, Lincoln University
Dr. Jacqueline Gibson
Pennsylvania Universities
Dean of the College, Allegheny College
Linda DeMeritt
Dean of the College, Dickinson College
Neil B. Weissman

Pennsylvania Universities: Allow Students to Vote

    1. Lucas Michelen
    2. Petition by

      Lucas Michelen

      Philadelphia, PA

Since 2006, I have attended Pennsylvania schools for my undergraduate studies and law school. I have paid more than $112,000 in tuition. I have worked three separate jobs, and paid state taxes on every paycheck. I have worked for a state representative, been active in my community and plan to practice law in Philadelphia upon graduation.

Despite these factors, if the election were tomorrow, I would not be able to vote because I dont have the right ID.

The problem is that while a new PA law allows student IDs for voting purposes, it requires that school issued IDs bear an expiration date to be valid. Unfortunately, many colleges and graduate schools do not include expiration dates on their IDs, thereby making the exception for student IDs meaningless for thousands of students such as myself. This November, students will find new hurdles to voting. No doubt many will be unaware of the change in the law and have no idea that student IDs without an expiration do not meet the new state requirements to vote.

That is why I am calling on all Pennsylvania institutions of higher learning to update or change their student IDs to comply with state voting ID requirements.

Pennsylvania is known nationwide for its reputation as home to some of the country’s best institutions for higher education. Students play an intricate role in promoting the economic and social growth of the state. Besides paying millions of dollars to Pennsylvania institutions, students live, work and pay various state and local taxes that help contribute to the economy. Equally important, students greatly enhance the intellectual capital of the community.

Throughout our education we have been instilled with the idea that voting is the building block of our democracy, which should not be squandered or taken lightly. Young adults have been widely criticized for not participating in the political process, but now, due to no fault of our own, are facing unprecedented hurdles that hinder student voting and discourage political participation.

All Pennsylvania colleges and universities should reissue student IDs that have an expiration date.  Pennsylvania is a swing state that will play a pivotal role in the November election. Whether Democrat or Republican all students deserve to have their voices heard in this crucial election.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 200 signatures
    2. Decision-maker John H. Petito responds:

      John H. Petito

      I agree entirely with the petition. I just don't know why I am receiving copies of the all the emails from students who signed the petition. I have nothing to do with this. Please delete me as a recipient. JP

    3. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Chistine Hoovler ROCKFORD, MI
      • about 2 years ago

      Fighting political corruption and discrimination! Everyone deserves their right to vote!

    • Ryan Nibblins WASHINGTON, DC
      • about 2 years ago

      Ridiculous, I'm a college student at WVU it would be a shame if I was told I could not vote because of some ID clause. American citizens have fought through so much to secure voting rights across all boards, college students have an important say in what happens around our country as well, a voice!

    • Dorothy Glew BETHLEHEM, PA
      • about 2 years ago

      We live in a democracy! There is no place for voter suppression in a democracy.

    • K Weckerle BETHLEHEM, PA
      • about 2 years ago

      Suppressing the vote in America is disgusting.

    • Rachel Dwight RICHARDSON, TX
      • about 2 years ago

      Voter ID laws are unconstitutional, plain and simple.


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