Lawyer: Pa. voter ID law makes voting a privilege

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — An attorney for plaintiffs in a constitutional challenge of a Pennsylvania law that requires voters to show photo identification says authors of the law sought to turn the right to vote into a privilege and make voting more difficult for certain groups.

As the Commonwealth Court trial opened Monday, Washington lawyer Michael Rubin said testimony will show Republicans who control the legislative and executive branches rejected changes that would have made it easier for older, poor and certain other voters to obtain acceptable IDs.

Rubin told Judge Bernard McGinley hundreds of thousands of voters could be disenfranchised if the law’s enforced.

Timothy Keating of the state attorney general’s office said voter identification requirements are common and that special provisions were made to help seniors, veterans and college students obtain IDs.

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