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PA Supreme Court sets September hearing on voter ID law

Written by The Associated Press | Aug 23, 2012 8:57 PM

(Harrisburg) -- A hearing on Pennsylvania's new voter-identification law will be held next month before the state's highest court.

The state Supreme Court has ordered the hearing be held Septembert 13 in Philadelphia.

The order ends a dispute between the law's opponents, who wanted a September hearing, and the Corbett administration, which urged waiting until October.

The law, which takes effect in the November 6 election, requires all voters to show specific forms of photo ID at the polls.

Voting-rights groups filed suit to block the law and are appealing a Commonwealth Court ruling rejecting the request.

Republicans who passed the law without Democratic support say it's a safeguard against fraud. Critics say it's a scheme to suppress voting among elderly, poor, disabled and young voters to gain an electoral advantage.

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