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Voting rights group opposed to limits on absentee-voting hours


MADISON (WSAU-WRN)  A voting rights group is raising questions about a proposal that would limit in-person absentee voting in Wisconsin. The bill from Republican state Representative Duey Stroebel (R-Saukville) would limit the hours municipal clerks can be open before an election to weekdays, between 7-30 AM and 6 PM. It would also only allow early voting on weekends by appointment. Wisconsin League of Women Voters President Melanie Ramey says there's no rational reason to restrict those hours. Ramey says many of the clerks offering those extended hours do so because voters want more access to the polls. She says the bill is nothing more than another attempt to act like there's a problem, when one doesn't really exist in the first place.Stroebel says the bill is aimed at standardizing voting statewide and to make the process equal and fair across all communities.

The State Government Accountability Board says over a half-a-million Wisconsin voters cast in-person absentee ballots before last November's election.