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Wisconsin Senate to vote on limiting voting

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MADISON, Wis. -- In-person absentee voting would no longer be allowed on weekends in Wisconsin under a bill the Republican-controlled state Senate is scheduled to consider.

Tuesday's vote is opposed by a variety of groups who view it as an attack on access to the polls, especially for minorities. Both Milwaukee and Madison held extended voting hours in the 2012 election.

The bill would only allow in-person absentee voting to between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. on weekdays in the two weeks before an election. No weekend hours would be allowed.

A similar version passed the Assembly in November but because this one differs it would take another Assembly vote before going to Gov. Scott Walker.

The Senate is also taking up a number of other elections-related bills on Tuesday.

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