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Lawyers clash over voter ID law as hearing ends

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - The one thing both sides agreed on as a hearing on Pennsylvania's new voter-identification law ended is that each will appeal a ruling for the other side.

A lawyer for plaintiffs in a lawsuit seeking to bar the law from taking effect on Election Day said in closing arguments Thursday that more than 1 million voters lack a valid photo ID.

Vic Walczak of the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania said many may be unable to vote because they don't understand the new photo ID requirement or cannot get an ID in time.

Senior Deputy Attorney General Patrick Cawley said the Legislature had broad latitude in writing election laws.

Cawley urged Judge Robert Simpson to let the law stand and allow the continuation of campaigns to educate voters.

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