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Closing arguments begin in suit over Wisconsin election lawsSubmitted: 06/30/2016
MADISON - Lawyers are set to make closing arguments Thursday in a federal suit over Wisconsin election laws.

Liberal groups have challenged 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.

Peterson has promised to make a ruling by the end of July.


Two liberal groups and voters brought the lawsuit challenging parts of the voter identification requirement.

Other contentious issues include limitations on times and places for early voting, 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 claims turnout has not been suppressed.

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