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Pa. Voter ID Testimony: ‘1 million lack it’

Court hearing on nation’s toughest voter identification law could last a week

Thursday, Jul 26, 2012  |  Updated 12:26 PM EDT
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Pa. Voter ID Testimony: ‘1 million lack it’

NBC10Philadelphia

The court hearing is in its second day Thursday on whether to enforce Pennsylvania's tough new voter identification law for the Decision 2012 Nov. 6 general. A University of Washington professor claims more than 1 million registered voters lack the required photo ID.

The second day of a hearing on whether Pennsylvania's new voter identification law should take effect for the Nov. 6 election has started with a University of Washington professor defending how he came up with an estimate that more than 1 million registered voters lack a photo ID that's valid under the law.

The professor, Matt Barreto, began testifying Thursday in a case seeking to block the law this year while state judges consider a challenge to its constitutionality.

The law is among the nation's toughest, and is the subject of a furious debate over voting rights ahead of this year's presidential contest.

The hearing could last a week.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Department of Justice is looking at whether Pennsylvania's law complies with federal laws.

Republican Gov. Tom Corbett signed the law in March after it passed the Republican-controlled Legislature. Every Democrat voted “no.”

Check here for the Pennsylvania voters' photo ID requirements.

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