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Walker Partially Vetoes Early Voting Reform Bill

Honestly, these are changes I can live with.

Gov. Scott Walker has quietly signed into law a bill that limits in-person absentee voting to no later than 7 p.m. during the week and no weekend hours.

Walker vetoed a portion of the bill Thursday that limited the hours of early voting to no more than 45 in each of the two weeks prior to an election. He kept the prohibition on weekend voting.

Democrats strongly opposed the measure, saying it was targeted at tamping down turnout in the heavily Democratic cities of Milwaukee and Madison which held extended hours during the 2012 presidential election.

Walker also vetoed a portion of the bill that would have reimbursed local governments for costs associated with early voting.

The bill was one of more than two dozen that Walker acted on Thursday.

Haven’t seen the exact partial veto, but my take on this is that Walker has added 1o hours to the operational week of early voting in Wisconsin.  The original wording was that clerks offices could allow early voting hours between 8 AM to 7 PM, Monday through Friday, but not surpassing 45 hours. In essence it gave clerks the liberty to determine which hours between 8 AM and 7 PM they would conduct early voting — averaging nine hours a day for five working days.

(9 times 5 is 45 last time I checked…)

So, by eliminating the 45-Hour cap, this pretty much gives you 11 hours (8 AM to 7 PM) where you can early vote, Monday through Friday, two more hours each day, for a total of 55 hours a week.

You’d think the Left would applaud getting 10 more hours, of course, they’re going to sue to kill this law nonetheless.

 

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  • Robert

    Keith Schmitz is threatening violence over this on Facebook.

  • kevinbinversie

    Violence over this? Because 110 hours over two weeks isn’t enough time?
    That’s the very definition of ludicrous.