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Clinton Lawyer Accuses Wisconsin of Trying to Suppress Vote

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By    |   Tuesday, 02 Jun 2015 07:15 AM

The top lawyer for Hillary Clinton's campaign has filed a voter-access lawsuit accusing the state of Wisconsin of trying to suppress the vote, The New York Times reported.

"This lawsuit concerns the most fundamental of rights guaranteed citizens in our representative democracy — the right to vote," said the complaint filed by Marc Elias, according to the Times.

It also refers to a curtailing of early voting in the state, among other changes that it says affects minority voters and other groups.

"That right has been under attack in Wisconsin since Republicans gained control of the governor's office and both houses of the State Legislature in the 2010 election."

Wisconsin is a Republican-led state whose governor, Scott Walker, is expected to launch a bid for the 2016 presidential nomination. Walker supports voter identification laws that some believe would suppress the vote among minorities.

Aides to Clinton said that the lawsuit was not filed on behalf of the campaign but that they supported it nonetheless.

"We are aware of it and strongly support its goal of ensuring the right to vote is not unduly burdened," Brian Fallon, a spokesman for Clinton, said in a statement, according to the Times.

Elias filed a similar lawsuit in Ohio recently, the Times said. The case accuses the state of trying to suppress votes among groups considered to be Democratic supporters such as blacks, Hispanics, and young people.

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