Judges express skepticism over claims in voting cases

CHICAGO (AP) — Three federal court judges are expressing deep skepticism over claims that Wisconsin Republicans deliberately made it harder for minorities to vote.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Friday (http://bit.ly/2mtMkNq ) on arguments in the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals over cases related to several Wisconsin voting laws.

Judges Frank Easterbrook, Michael Kanne and Diane Sykes showed that they had doubts about lower court rulings that struck down voting rules set by Gov. Scott Walker and fellow Republican lawmakers.

Republican Attorney General Brad Schimel is challenging last year’s ruling by U.S. District Judge James Peterson striking down the restrictions on early voting and a prohibition on allowing early voting in more than one place in each municipality.

The panel is expected to rule on that issue and other voting-related changes in the coming weeks or months.


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