PA voter ID Law: Trial
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A trial is set to open on whether a mandatory photo-identification requirement for Pennsylvania voters should be enforced at polling places across the state or thrown out as unconstitutional.
Nine days are set aside for the trial slated to start Monday in Harrisburg in Commonwealth Court. Civil libertarians challenging the law and state officials defending it say they expect the state Supreme Court will ultimately decide the case.
At issue is a 2012 voter ID law that would be one of the nation's strictest if it is upheld. A state judge suspended enforcement in the 2012 presidential election and this year's primary because of concerns that it could disenfranchise voters who lacked a valid ID. Republicans who control the Legislature approved the law without Democratic votes.