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Democrat Mary Burke speaks out against proposed limits on early voting

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - The Democratic candidate for governor is supporting her party's minority in trying to prevent new limits on early voting in Wisconsin.

The Assembly is expected to give final legislative approval Thursday to a bill that limits absentee voting to 45 hours a week in the two weeks before an election, with no night or weekend voting.

Mary Burke says majority Republicans should encourage voting, instead of putting limits on it. GOP lawmakers say rural areas don't have the resources to offer the types of early voting hours that bigger cities have.

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett says the clampdown hurts democracy, because it affects mainly people in larger areas that have more Democratic voters.

Burke says many urban residents don't have time to vote during weekday business hours -- and they shouldn't be kept away.

The Senate recently approved the measure on a party line vote, with Democrats voting no.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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