NEW INFORMATION: Walker open to bill limiting early voting hours

By: Jessica Bringe and AP Email
By: Jessica Bringe and AP Email
Walker said Tuesday that while the proposal hasn

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker says he is open to a bill that would limit in-person absentee voting in the two weeks leading up to an election.

Walker said Tuesday that while the proposal hasn't been on his radar, it is something he will look at once it passes the Legislature. The state Senate was scheduled to vote on the measure Tuesday afternoon or evening.

The bill is opposed by a variety of groups who view it as an attack on access to the polls, especially for minorities. Both Milwaukee and Madison held extended voting hours in the 2012 election.

The bill would only allow in-person absentee voting to between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. on weekdays in the two weeks before an election. No weekend hours would be allowed.
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- In-person absentee voting would no longer be allowed on weekends in Wisconsin under a bill the Republican-controlled state Senate is scheduled to vote on.

Tuesday's measure is opposed by a variety of groups who view it as an attack on access to the polls, especially for minorities. Both Milwaukee and Madison held extended voting hours in the 2012 election.

The bill would only allow in-person absentee voting to between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. on weekdays in the two weeks before an election. No weekend hours would be allowed.

A similar version passed the Assembly in November but because this one differs it would take another Assembly vote before going to Gov. Scott Walker.

The Senate is also taking up a number of other elections-related bills on Tuesday.


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