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FILE - In this May 1, 2012, file photo, Viviette Applewhite, 93, a plaintiff in a lawsuit against Pennsylvania's tough new voter identification law, speaks in a video played during a news conference in the Pennsylvania state Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa., as  one of her lawyers, Witold J. Walczak of the American Civil Liberties Union. Before voters get a say in this year's presidential race, lawyers and judges are having theirs. A series of ongoing court battles in several vital states may determine over the next several weeks everything from how people cast their votes, when polling locations will be open and what ballots will look like. Many of the cases have a partisan bent, with rulings potentially tipping the scales slightly in favor of Democrats or Republicans. The legal battles have entered an urgent phase, with only two months to go before the election and just a few weeks before military and overseas absentee ballots must go out. Pennsylvania attorneys recently filed briefs arguing whether an appeal on the state's strict voter ID law should be held in September or October. Opponents won a mid-September court date, which is late even by their standards. "This is by no means impossible, but certainly the closer you get a decision to Election Day the harder it is to make changes," said Walczak. (AP Photo/Marc Levy, File)

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