Day 2 of Pa. voter ID trial focuses on statistics
July 17, 2013
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A statistical expert is defending his
estimate that hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvania voters lack the photo
identification they need to vote under a state law whose constitutionality is
Bernard Siskin, a
Philadelphia consultant hired by the plaintiffs in the case, described his research
in detail Tuesday as the trial's first witness.
Siskin found that more than a half-million voters either
lacked one of the three forms of photo IDs issued by the Pennsylvania
Department of Transportation or possess IDs that expire before the Nov. 5
A state consultant
criticized Siskin's report in court papers, saying it exaggerates the problem,
and Siskin says the consultant's methodology is faulty.The plaintiffs hope to
overturn the law backed by the Legislature's Republican majority and GOP Gov.