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Thursday, November 14, 2013

 9:08 PM 

Assembly backs absentee voting changes

The Assembly has passed a bill that would limit voting hours for in-person absentee voting.

AB 54, passed 53-39 with a paired vote, would give municipalities two options for in-person absentee voting in the two weeks leading up to an election.

They could offer set hours of 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. until the Friday before an election, or, if a municipality has 30 or fewer hours of in-person absentee voting in a week, the clerk may offer it after 6 p.m. Monday through Friday or anytime on the weekends if they personally administer the ballot.

Democrats argued the bill was simply an attempt at suppressing votes in large cities that offer in-person absentee voting beyond normal business hours.

"I don't understand why you are so afraid of the voices of the people of Wisconsin that you're trying to silence them," said Rep. Sandy Pasch, D-Shorewood.

"This is absolutely the worst of government," said Minority Leader Peter Barca, D-Kenosha, noting a version of the bill hasn't even been offered in the Senate.

Rep. Duey Stroebel, R-Saukville and the author of the bill, said his intent was simply to establish "reasonable and equitable" standards for all the state's voters.

Rep. Dale Kooyenga, R-Brookfield, added that a measure last session to shorten the window for in-person absentee voting before an election had actually resulted in increased turnout in the last cycle.

If people understand how important voting is, Kooyenga said, "they're going to find a way to vote."


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