Trial over PA's voter ID law enters its second week

Written by The Associated Press | Jul 22, 2013 9:38 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- The constitutionality of Pennsylvania's voter-identification law will get a second week of scrutiny as the trial judge hears allegations that it would disenfranchise large numbers of voters.

Lawyers for the plaintiffs plan to present more witnesses as the trial resumes today in state Commonwealth Court. The state is expected to put on its case later this week.

The 16-month-old law requires people to show certain forms of photo ID before their vote is counted. It has yet to be enforced.

Plaintiffs including the NAACP and the Pennsylvania League of Women Voters are seeking to overturn it. Their witnesses include experts on statistics, surveys and political communications, as well as individual voters.

State officials contend they've taken significant steps to ensure voters who lack acceptable photo IDs can easily obtain them.

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