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Testimony ends in lawsuit over Wis. election maps

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MILWAUKEE (AP) -

Testimony has concluded in a two-day trial to evaluate whether the state's new election maps are constitutional.

One point of contention was the fact that the new maps split up two Hispanic districts in Milwaukee.

Supporters say the revised boundaries will help Latinos elect two Hispanics. But Democrats and a Latino group say there are only enough Hispanics to form a strong majority in a single district, and splitting them up weakens their voting power.

The trial wrapped up Friday. The three-judge panel says it'll hand down a written decision in the coming weeks.

The case centers on maps that are redrawn every 10 years to ensure that political districts across the state encompass about the same number of voters. They were drawn in secrecy by Republican lawmakers.

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