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Wisconsin Election Rules Withstand Race Discrimination Challenge

June 30, 2020, 10:42 PM

Nearly a dozen Wisconsin election rules, including those related to polling hours and early voting periods, were upheld by the Seventh Circuit, which overturned a judge’s findings that they disparately impacted racial minorities.

Knowledge of a law’s consequences differs from intent to produce those consequences,” Judge Frank H. Easterbrook said for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit Monday.

“Equating the two would treat disparate impact as a constitutional violation,” an approach the U.S. Supreme Court has rejected, the Seventh Circuit said. It upheld the state’s election rules against challenges by the ACLU Foundation of Wisconsin and...

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