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Pa. Official Takes Witness Stand to Defend State’s New Voter ID Law

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(Pennsylvania legislators from Philadelphia published a guide to assist voters with the new ID requirement.   File photo by Ed Fischer)

(Pennsylvania legislators from Philadelphia published a guide to assist voters with the new ID requirement. File photo by Ed Fischer)

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By Cherri Gregg

HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) — The battle over Pennsylvania’s new voter ID law continued today (see previous stories) with extensive testimony from state and elections officials.

Shannon Moyer of the Pennsylvania Department of State began the day testifying about the Commonwealth’s voter education efforts.

He says state officials modeled the campaign after one in Georgia, which he says successfully implemented its voter ID law in 2006.

Mark Wolosik, Division of Elections manager in Allegheny County (Pittsburgh and environs) then took the stand for the plaintiffs, testifying that 100,000 voters in his county may not have Penndot identification.  He says he expects long lines at the polls in November and lots of complaints from voters as poll workers attempt to implement the new law.

Several voters also testified about the difficulties under the law for the homeless, transgendered, and autistic populations.

 

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