MADISON, Wisconsin — In-person absentee voting hours would be limited to certain hours during the week under a Republican-backed bill passed by the Wisconsin state Assembly.
The measure passed Thursday on a 53-39 vote with all Republicans in support and all Democrats against.
Under the proposal, in-person absentee voting would be limited to 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. It would not be allowed on weekends, unless the municipality is open 30 or fewer office hours a week.
Republican supporters say the change will insure there are more uniform hours across the state. But Democratic opponents say the change is targeting the Democratic cities of Milwaukee and Madison, which held extended and weekend hours during the 2012 election.