Testimony wraps up in dispute over Ohio’s voting rules

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Testimony has concluded in a legal dispute over changes to voting rules in swing state Ohio.

At issue are a series of Republican-backed changes that Democrats allege disproportionately burden minority voters and those who lean Democratic. Such policies include the elimination of a week of early voting in which Ohioans could also register to vote, known as “golden week.”

Plaintiffs, who include the state’s Democratic Party, want a federal judge to strike down the rules. They claim the burden on voters outweighs any benefit to the state. But the state’s lawyers say the voting changes were minor and Ohioans have many opportunities to vote.

Testimony in the case that’s before U.S. District Judge Michael Watson wrapped up Thursday.

Both sides are now expected to file closing briefs with the court.

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