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Bill would limit early-absentee voting

MADISON, Wis (WSAU-Wheeler News)   Wisconsin senators will consider a number of key proposals today, as the current session winds down. Several election changes are on the docket -- including a bill to limit early absentee voting in the two weeks before elections. Republicans say most places in the state don't have the resources to allow early voting on weekends, like Madison and Milwaukee did in 2012. So the G-O-P wants to scale back the hours to between 8 am and 7 pm on weekdays only.

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett has accused Republicans of trying to give themselves an advantage by clamping down in early voting in places with the most Democratic support. Barrett and other groups say the change would hurt minorities, and would be an attack on democracy.

The Senate also plans to act on some other election-related bills today. One would let lobbyists give incumbents campaign donations from special interests starting on April 15th of an election year instead of the current June 1st. Another measure would end the requirement that communities count write-in votes from non-registered candidates like Mickey Mouse and Bart Simpson.