Dispute over details of voter ID enforcement ban

Written by The Associated Press | Aug 6, 2013 10:53 AM

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(Harrisburg) -- Both sides in a trial of Pennsylvania's voter-identification law agree it should not be enforced in the Nov. 5 election, but a judge first must settle a dispute over details.

Attorneys laid out their arguments in briefs filed in Commonwealth Court on Monday.

The court has blocked enforcement of the new photo ID requirement since before last year's presidential election.

The plaintiffs' lawyers say any ban on enforcement should stay in effect until the state Supreme Court settles the pending constitutional challenge. They say that local officials shouldn't have to go through the motions of asking voters to show photo IDs.

Attorneys for the state say the enforcement issue should be considered one election at a time and that asking voters to show ID reminds them about the pending requirement.

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