High-ranking state official to testify in voter ID trial

Written by The Associated Press | Jul 18, 2013 3:56 AM

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(Harrisburg) -- A high-ranking state elections official is expected to testify at the trial on Pennsylvania's yet-to-be enforced voter identification law.

Jonathan Marks, commissioner of the Department of State's Bureau of Commissions, Elections and Legislation, began testifying Wednesday about the evolution of the special photo ID available to voters who cannot obtain other acceptable identification.

He is expected to continue his testimony Thursday in Commonwealth Court.

Marks confirmed that fewer than 4,000 of the "DOS" IDs, which became available in August, along with about 13,000 PennDOT non-driver IDs, have been issued since the law took effect.

Plaintiffs are seeking to overturn the law, one of the strictest voter ID laws in the country, on constitutional grounds.

The court blocked enforcement of the law in last year's presidential election and the May primary.

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