Senate committee passes bill limiting voting hours

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- In-person absentee voting hours would not be allowed on weekends or holidays in Wisconsin under a bill passed by a state Senate committee.

The measure passed 3-2 Thursday with all Republicans for it and Democrats against.

The bill would limit in-person absentee voting to between the hours of 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Total in-person absentee voting would be limited to no more than 45 hours a week.

Democrats say it's designed to cut back on hours that people can vote absentee in large Democratic cities of Milwaukee and Madison. Both cities held extended hours during the 2012 election.

The Assembly passed a similar bill but because this one differs it would have to pass both houses again before being sent to Gov. Scott Walker.

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