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Voting advocates file lawsuit challenging restrictions

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A liberal group and a voting rights organization have filed a federal lawsuit challenging a host of changes Republicans have made in Wisconsin election law.

One Wisconsin Institute, Inc., Citizen Action of Wisconsin Education Fund and a half-dozen voters filed the lawsuit in Madison on Friday against the Government Accountability Board, which oversees state elections

They allege that a number of provisions in state law, including a requirement that voters to show photo identification, a reduction in early voting days and hours and the elimination early voting on weekends and evenings, places an unconstitutional burden on blacks, Latinos and voters who tend to lean Democratic.

A GAB spokesman referred questions Monday to the state Justice Department. DOJ spokeswoman Anne Schwartz would say only that the agency is reviewing the lawsuit.

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