In bench trials, there's only one opinion that matters:
U.S. District Judge Thomas Schroeder has given lawyers arguing against and for the changes between two and three weeks to make their case in a bench trial that could test the constitutionality and sweep of new voting rules adopted in Republican-led states.
The trial begins almost a month before the 50th anniversary of the landmark Voting Rights Act, which knocked down state and local efforts to keep African-Americans from voting.
I tried to find a stream or a live-blog to follow, but no luck so far. If anybody reading this finds something like that, please drop it in the comments or send me a message and I'll do it. Here are the three main issues being adjudicated:
-- Reducing the state's early voting period by a week.
-- Eliminating pre-registration for those aged 16 and 17.
-- And not allowing people to cast provisional ballots if they went to the wrong precinct to vote.