HARRISBURG -- Closing arguments expected today in the challenge to the Pennsylvania voter ID law have been pushed to Thursday.
The requirement that voters show an acceptable form of photo identification at the polls was blocked from full enforcement in the November 2012 election. Challengers are trying to have it permanently stopped.
After more than two weeks of statements and testimony, the parties agreed to rest their cases after the state decided it would not try to present additional rebuttal to an analysis of voters who may have had trouble getting a photo ID from the state.
Testimony about that data was heard in a closed courtroom after an attorney for the state said it included private information.
Lawyers for the petitioners said their expert's analysis of data from state agencies shows a number of registered voters traveled to a PennDOT licensing center before the November 2012 election to get a Department of State ID card but did not receive the document until after Election Day or never received it.
Had the voter ID requirement been in full effect last November, those people would have been kept from voting, said Witold Walczak, legal director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania.
An attorney for the state said the analysis was based on a misunderstanding of how the databases work.
The attorney, Alicia Hickok, said some voters who sought ID before the election did not receive it until afterward because of discrepancies between their identifying information and how they were listed in the voter registration database.
She said state employees have since learned how to better search for matches.
The judge in the hearing, Bernard McGinley, said closing arguments will be delivered Thursday morning.
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