Trial of Pennsylvania voter ID law enters second week

HARRISBURG, Pa. - A former policy director for Pennsylvania's Department of State defended the state's new voter identification law as a reasonable compromise that followed intense closed-door negotiations.

Lawyers for plaintiffs seeking to overturn the mandatory photo ID requirement Monday questioned Rebecca Oyler about memos and e-mails describing negotiations over the legislation in late 2011.

Oyler cited examples of her department suggestions that were rejected. One called for excusing residents of long-term care facilities from the photo requirement and allowing them to vote through the simpler process of absentee voting. Instead, the law allows the facilities to issue photo IDs.

Still, Oyler said her department supported the final product.

The law, one of the nation's toughest, was passed in March 2012 but has not been enforced because of the pending constitutional challenge.

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