Closing arguments on tap in Pa. voter ID hearing

    Closing arguments are the only unfinished business in a Commonwealth Court hearing on Pennsylvania’s new voter-identification law.

    Lawyers in the case are scheduled to make their final summations Thursday morning before Judge Robert Simpson.

    The judge plans to issue his ruling later this month.


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    More than two dozen witnesses have testified during the seven-day hearing, including state elections officials, individual voters, a pollster and an expert on election fraud.

    Republicans in the Legislature passed the bill earlier this year without a single Democratic vote.

    Democrats contend that the law is a political scheme to suppress voting by minorities, senior citizens and others with the objective of giving GOP nominee-apparent Mitt Romney an edge over Democratic incumbent Barack Obama, who carried the state in 2008.

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