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July 31, 2013

Closing arguments expected in state's voter ID trial

HARRISBURG — Lawyers in the trial of a constitutional challenge to Pennsylvania's strict new voter-identification law are expected to make closing arguments.

But Commonwealth Court Judge Bernard McGinley's first task Wednesday — the 11th day of the trial — is to finish a closed-door hearing on rebuttal testimony by a witness for the plaintiffs about how many voters could not obtain a valid photo ID before last year's election.

The plaintiffs say many voters could not get the free, voting-only IDs that are supposed to be readily available for registered voters who lack other acceptable photo IDs. Lawyers for the state say it has taken steps to ensure that people who are registered to vote and sign a statement attesting that they lack an ID can get one of the special cards.

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