Judge to hear closing arguments in Wisconsin voting lawsuit
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Closing arguments are scheduled in a federal court trial challenging more than a dozen election laws passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature and signed by Gov. Scott Walker.
U.S. District Judge James Peterson planned to listen to closing arguments Thursday. The trial concluded last month and Peterson has promised to make a ruling by the end of July.
Two liberal groups and voters brought the lawsuit challenging provisions of the voter identification requirement, particularly the process used to grant free IDs to people who don't have the required documentation, limitations on early voting times and places and the elimination of straight-ticket voting.
The plaintiffs argue that the laws discriminate against groups more likely to vote Democratic. The state Department of Justice says in defense that turnout has not been suppressed.