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Judge spikes photo ID requirement for Pa. voters

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania judge on Friday struck down a requirement that nearly all of the state’s 8.2 million voters show photo identification at the polls, saying it imposes an unreasonable burden on the right to vote and that officials failed to demonstrate the need for it.

‘‘Voting laws are designed to assure a free and fair election; the Voter ID Law does not further this goal,’’ Commonwealth Court Judge Bernard L. McGinley wrote in a decision that set the stage for a potential courtroom showdown before the state’s highest court.

McGinley, a Democrat, said the law is unconstitutional, because it does not require that a valid photo ID be convenient and available to voters.

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