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PA voter ID trial enters its seventh day

Written by The Associated Press | Jul 23, 2013 10:33 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- The trial over a constitutional challenge to Pennsylvania's voter-identification law is into its seventh day.

Commonwealth Court Judge Bernard McGinley is hearing today from more witnesses for plaintiffs seeking to overturn the requirement that all voters show acceptable photo IDs before they may cast ballots.

Yesterday's session focused on testimony by a former policy director for the Pennsylvania Department of State, who defended the law as a reasonable compromise, even though it left out changes that the department recommended to ease some of the requirements.

The March 2012 law, one of the nation's strictest, has not been enforced because of the challenge. Both sides in the trial have they expect the state Supreme Court will ultimately settle the case.

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