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Groups speaking out against new early voting rules

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A coalition of Wisconsin groups held a news conference Monday morning to speak out against a series of election-related bills up for approval Tuesday in the state Senate.

Those measures include reduced early voting hours in the two weeks before election days -- and a bill to let lobbyists give special interest checks to incumbent lawmakers starting April 15th of an election year instead of June 1st.

Mike Wilder, a co-chair of Milwaukee's African-American Roundtable, calls the Senate's election measures, "anti-democracy bills."

Republicans have defended the early voting limits, saying they would create the same voting hours in urban areas as in rural Wisconsin where extra personnel are not available to keep clerks' offices open on nights and weekends.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)