A Commonwealth Court judge today said a trial on the constitutionality of the state's new voter ID law will likely be held in this coming summer.

Judge Robert E. Simpson Jr. said he wanted to give the two sides enough time to prepare for the trial, while also anticipating that whatever he decides, the case will once again get kicked to the state Supreme Court.

The summer of 2013 fits that timetable, Simpson said, although he noted that he will have to likely hold a hearing before then to decide how to handle the May 2013 primary - and whether he should extend his partial injunction on the voter ID law to cover that election.

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