The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


August 1, 2012

Philly official predicts Election Day 'mess'

HARRISBURG — A Philadelphia elections official says Pennsylvania's new voter-identification law is likely to create an Election Day "mess" in the state's largest city.

Jorge Santana, a deputy city commissioner, testified at a Commonwealth Court hearing Wednesday that confusion over the new photo ID requirement and the refusal of many poll workers to get training on the law will create chaos and tensions at many polling places.

Lorraine Minnite (min-NEE'-tee), an expert in election fraud, testified that voter impersonation — the type of fraud targeted by the law — is "exceedingly rare."

Minnite, a professor at Rutger-Camden, was the final witness in a six-day-old hearing on a lawsuit seeking to block the law from taking effect on Nov. 6.

Closing arguments in the case are scheduled for Thursday.


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