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Assembly approves stricter early voting laws

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A bill restricting in person, absentee voting is ready for the governor's signature.

The bill limits times for voting by in-person absentee ballots.

Democrats like Racine Representative Corey Mason says Republicans want to make it harder for "certain" voters to take advantage of early voting. The early voting has been used in places like Racine, Milwaukee and Madison which all have Democratic majorities.

Republicans argue the bill is needed for "uniformity" - because rural areas can't offer extended voting hours.

The bill restricts in-person absentee voting to between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, for two weeks before an election, and prevents clerks from holding weekend voting hours.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)