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updated: 3/11/2014 9:50 AM

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.

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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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