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Gov. Scott Walker open to limiting early absentee voting

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - For the first time today, Governor Scott Walker said he would be open to limits on early absentee voting.

The Republican Walker previously said that a series of election bills being considered by the Senate Tuesday were not on his radar -- and he was more concerned about creating jobs and boosting the economy. However, Walker told reporters he would look at the early voting restrictions if they pass the Legislature.

The Senate was considering a bill Tuesday to ban early voting on nights and weekends -- which Madison and Milwaukee both allowed in 2012.

Republicans say smaller communities don't have the resources to expand early voting that much, and the bigger cities should fall into line. Democrats say the bill discourages certain groups from voting, including minorities.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)