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Pa. Voter ID Cards Questioned

Third day of court hearing challenging new state rules for photo ID's for voters in the Nov. 6 general election

By Marc Levy
|  Friday, Jul 27, 2012  |  Updated 1:07 PM EDT
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Pa. Voter ID Cards Questioned

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PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 24: A voter cast a ballot in a voting booth during the Republican primary election at St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Philadelphia. New state photo ID rules for voters in the Nov. 6 general election are being challenged in court. (Photo by Jessica Kourkounis/Getty Images)

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Lawyers challenging Pennsylvania's tough, new voter identification law began the third day of a hearing on it by attacking the state's plans to issue a special photo ID card for voters unable to obtain a photo ID through PennDOT.

A state elections official testified Friday that plans to start issuing the new photo ID this week fell through.

Elections officials now say that ID will become available in late August.

Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson, a Republican, must decide whether to block the law from taking effect in the Decision 2012 Nov. 6 presidential election as part of a challenge to its constitutionality.

The law requiring all voters to show a photo ID is a significant departure from prior law and the subject of a furious debate over voting rights.

Check here for provisions of the Pa. voter ID law.

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