Voter ID law in Pennsylvania won't be enforced in May primary

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February 15, 2013

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania's voter identification law won't be enforced in the state's May 21 primary.

Lawyers in a pending lawsuit challenging the law's constitutionality agreed yesterday that voters won't be required to show photo ID at the polls as a condition of voting.

That means local election officials can ask voters to show ID, but they will be permitted to cast ballots as usual even if they lack the necessary documents.

Whether the law is constitutional is expected to be decided in a trial in state Commonwealth Court that's slated to start July 15.

Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson halted the law before last fall's presidential election on grounds that the state failed to make it possible for voters to easily get IDs before the election.
 

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