Statistics dominate day 2 of Pa. voter ID trial

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Day two in the trial of Pennsylvania’s tough new voter-identification has ended after hours of testimony about statistics.

Bernard Siskin, a statistics expert hired by plaintiffs challenging the law’s constitutionality, kicked off Tuesday’s session by testifying that his research shows hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvania voters lack acceptable photo IDs or have IDs that expire before the November election.

State lawyers countered with court filings by their own statistics expert, who criticized Siskin’s estimate because it ignored many factors, including people who have IDs available issued outside of PennDOT and those who vote by absentee ballot and don’t need a photo ID.

Siskin acknowledged those variables would reduce the estimated number of voters lacking ID, but says he stands by his estimate of hundreds of thousands.

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