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Early voting ends Friday in Wisconsin


UNDATED (WSAU)   Early voting is about to come to an end in Wisconsin. The in-person absentee voting at local clerks’ offices will end Friday evening. And those wanting absentee ballots by mail have until 5pm to get them.

Majority Republicans in the state Legislature scaled back early voting this time. They were responding to clerks who were inundated with paperwork four years ago, when absentee voting was allowed on the day before Election Day. The G-O-P also shortened this year’s early voting to two weeks. Recent media reports explained how Democrats have done a better job than Republicans of making early voting an integral part of their campaign strategy. And the latest Marquette Law School poll seems to reflect that – although pollster Charles Franklin said the early results could not be accurate in predicting the total outcome. About one-of-every-10 likely voters said they had already cast their ballots when the Marquette pollsters first came calling a week ago. 56-percent said they voted for President Obama, and 36-percent for Mitt Romney. Fifty-two percent of early voters went with Democrat Tammy Baldwin in the U-S Senate race, to 36-percent for Republican Tommy Thompson. The rest wouldn’t say what they did.