Judge holds private hearing in PA voter ID trial

Written by The Associated Press | Jul 30, 2013 3:19 PM

(Harrisburg) -- The judge presiding over Pennsylvania's voter-identification law trial closed the courtroom to hear lawyers debate how many voters may not have obtained valid IDs before last year's election.

Commonwealth Court Judge Bernard McGinley cleared the court today and planned to continue the closed-door conference when the trial resumes tomorrow.

At issue was testimony by a statistical analyst brought in by the plaintiffs to rebut testimony by a top state elections official about the status of 144 voters initially denied one of the free voting-only photo IDs that are supposed to be readily available.

The official said the voters obtained other IDs, but the plaintiffs' lawyers insist many voters did not receive an ID before the election.

Lawyers in the case plan to make their closing arguments tomorrow.

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