Monthly Conversation With Mitch Daniels: Purdue IDs As Voter IDs

Jul 31, 2019

The president says the school is not in the elections business, but his prescribed remedy for those who can't use a Purdue ID to vote has more consequences than some realized.
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Sometimes news changes fast. When we taped our conversation with Purdue University President Mitch Daniels this month, the school had just announced it’ll change its IDs to make it easier for students to vote in Tippecanoe County. As you’ll hear, Daniels says Purdue isn’t in the elections business, and advises that the state Bureau of Motor Vehicles – which he oversaw as governor – will give free IDs to those who ask.

That’s true, and it’s a fact the county election board seized upon a couple days after the interview was taped. But there’s a problem – getting that ID can mean students would have to give up their driver’s license from their home state.

This month on WBAA’s Monthly Conversation with Mitch Daniels, we cover voting issues and ask what advice the president would give the trustees of DePauw University, who have begun their search for a new president. There are a few similarities between that search and the process which brought Daniels to West Lafayette.